TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 devotional by Greg Laurie
— Luke 17:17–18
So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?"
Luke 17 tells the story of some men who had a lot to give thanks for. Prior to being miraculously touched by Jesus, they were complete outcasts—the very scourge of society. These ten men had the worst disease of the time, leprosy, for which there was no cure. They couldn't get any lower in that particular time in history with this incurable disease.
Those found to have leprosy could have no contact with others. They had to leave their house and their friends and live apart from them. These men were living an isolated, miserable life. Their clothing would have been ripped from perpetual mourning. Their skeletal heads would have been uncovered. They had to cry out, "Unclean! Unclean!" wherever they went, in keeping with the Law of Moses. But they had heard about Jesus. And seeing Him in the distance, they cried out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" (Luke 17:12–13).
I find it interesting how the Lord responded. There were no special effects, there was no swelling music—not even a dramatic touch. There was only a command. Jesus simply said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests" (verse 14). According to Levitical law, the priest would take them through an eight-day ceremony, examine them, and make sure they were truly healed of their leprosy.
They weren't healed yet, but still they went—and God healed them completely. However, only one of the ten decided to go back and give thanks, and he was a Samaritan. The Jews looked down on the Samaritans, yet it was a Samaritan who came back to give thanks.
How like us it is to forget to give thanks. We are so quick to ask for God's help. But we also need to remember to give Him praise when He comes through for us.
just the other day, as I was praying before a meal I was like, "OH yeah, thank you for...." and sadly, right at this moment I can't even remember what I was praying for that He answered and I just about forgot to give thanks for. We take it all for granted, seriously, unless it's a life threatening event.
and what faith?! how many of us wouldn't start walking until we were healed? But these guys trusted in His faithfulness, and knew their healing would come. Talk about walking in faith. something I wish I did so much more.
OH - would you please pray for Tyler and I: guidance in some very important decisions we have to make almost immediately, and peace with the full event. THANKS!