‘Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?”’ Luke 17:17 NKJV
Let’s read how Jesus healed these ten lepers, and see what we can learn:
(1) They seized the moment. ‘They lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”’ (Luke 17:13 NKJV) Desperate people pray desperate prayers. Who cares about propriety and outward appearances when you’re dying? These men realised that Jesus was ‘passing through’ (Luke 17:11), and the worst thing that could happen was for Him to pass them by. So they seized the moment and cried out to Him. And you can do that too, because nobody can hear you like God (see Psalm 118:5).
(2) They had to walk it out. Their healing wasn’t immediate; it was a step-by-step process. ‘And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.’ (Luke 17:14 NKJV) Often that’s the way it works. And it’s not just one step, but a commitment to plough through the obstacles and fears until you get to your miracle. But it’s worth the effort, and you appreciate your deliverance more when you have to walk it out day by day depending on God.
(3) Only one out of the ten returned to give thanks. That’s why Jesus asked, ‘Where are the nine?’ Were they too busy? Or too self-absorbed? Or just forgetful? Notice what Jesus said to the one who came back: ‘Your faith has made you whole.’ (Luke 17:19 KJV)
Physical healing is often accomplished through medicine, but you become ‘whole’ in body, mind, and soul by spending time worshipping the Lord and getting to know Him.
SoulFood: Gen 44–46, Luke 10:38–42, Ps 33:13–22, Pro 5:15–20
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023