Monday, November 25, 2013

Think to Thank 11/25/2013 (rp)

"Then Jesus answered and said, 'Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?'  And He said to him, 'Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.'”  Luke 17:17-19

There were ten who were suffering from leprosy who, against all social and legal conventions of the time, put themselves in proximity to Jesus and cried out loudly for relief of their suffering to the only one who could provide it.  Jesus heard their cries had mercy on them and gave them instructions on how to become cleansed.  Once accomplished, just one returned to give thanks while the others went their merry way.  The one who returned was not one of God's own but a Samaritan, a traditional adversary of God's people.

Beloved how often have we found ourselves in the most heartfelt and desperate need?  Be it physical, financial, psychological or relational, we have all been there at one time or another.  We all know what it is like to need relief from an affliction, malady or situation.  We then, like the lepers, cry out for help.  We may pursue our own means but sooner or later we get around to the Lord, placing ourselves at His mercy, begging for assistance.  He is faithful and just and hears our cries to which He always responds.  This can be said with confidence because none of us is suffering from the same malady as yesterday.

Since He comes to our aid just as Jesus came to the aid of the lepers, let us not be as those who went their merry way.  Let us be as the one who came back, threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him.  Remember that this man was not of the people of God.  May it never be said that those who are the children of God are less praising and thankful than those who are not.



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