As we enjoy this season of thanks, let’s take some time to give thanks to God during each of the days leading up to the holiday and, of course, on that day. Welcome to Day 5:
“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’
“”When he saw them, he said, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed.
“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.”
“Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’” Luke 17:11-19
Which one are you—one of the 9 who did not stop to thank the Lord or the one who did? Sometimes, when the best things happen to us, we forget to thank the One who gives all good things.
Here were 10 men who suffered from the horrible disease of leprosy. Disfiguring, extremely painful, and totally isolating. Because it was so contagious, if someone had leprosy, they had to leave their homes and family to live away from those they might infect.
Can you see them there, though? Did they come as close as they were allowed, or maybe as close as they dared? Either way, they still stood at a distance and yelled for Jesus for help.
When Jesus saw them, He healed them—completely taking their leprosy away and effectively giving them new lives. Once they were cleared by the priest to go home, they could return to their families, their jobs, and their homes.
If we are Christians, then Jesus has given us new life, as well. Except with us, He saved us from something far worse than even leprosy—He saved us from sin! We were ostracized as well, because our sin kept us separated from our Holy God.
Jesus changed all of that when we came to Him asking for forgiveness. He cleansed us and gave us a brand new life, as precious child of God.
I wonder when the last time I paused and thanked Him, really thanked Him, for that precious gift of spiritual health and new life in Him.
It is a precious gift and one I do not wish to take for granted. I am going to take time to thank Him now. Would you join me?
Dear Jesus, Your healing power is so amazing. It touched the lives of these 10 men and it also touched me. You forgave me from my sin and made me a brand new person. Lord, I want to thank You for that. My heart is truly filled to gratitude when I think of that amazing, precious gift of salvation. Thank You!
If you missed any days and would like to catch up, you can find the previous days’ devotions here: