‘As they went, they were cleansed.’ Luke 17:14 NLT
‘Ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”’ (Luke 17 12–15 NLT)
We can confidently take our problems to Jesus. He can restore what you have lost and give you back your peace and joy. Cry out to Him. Forget about looking dignified; desperate people do desperate things, and God responds to desperate prayers: ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.’ (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV) Do whatever He tells you to do. Don’t lay down terms to God. And don’t seek an identical experience to somebody else. Jesus told these ten lepers to go and show themselves to the priests. Why didn’t He just heal them immediately like He did to others? Faith doesn’t demand explanations! Be prepared to walk it out as your prayer can be answered in the process.
‘And as they went, they were cleansed.’ Sometimes when God gives you the answer, you have to walk it out in faith, each step bringing you closer to your deliverance. But nothing happens until you take that first step. Most importantly, don’t forget to thank Him. Jesus noticed that only one of the ten lepers returned to give thanks. You can go to Him confidently when you are next in need when you’ve remembered to thank Him for your last request.
SoulFood: 2 Chron 25–28 John 12:12–19 Ps 118:10–18 Pro 28:1–4
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023