I love the Bible stories of Jesus healing the broken. In today’s reading, Jesus was willing to heal ten broken men of their leprosy. Nine of them went away, but one of them remembered with clarity what healing had taken place in his life. He also remembered who did the healing.
We see this described in verse 15: “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.” How did Jesus respond? He asked about the other nine, in essence, where were they?
The next thing that Jesus did was honor the one former leper’s praise and adoration because he wasn’t consumed with the thing he had been healed ‘from,’ but he was consumed with gratitude for and drawn toward the One who had healed him.
Wow! Another reminder that this isn’t about coming into this place just to have God fix what is broken with us. No – it’s bigger than that. He wants a relationship with us as we face our brokenness. How does He respond to the one returning leper? Verse 19 says, Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
It was this man’s faith in God and willingness to praise Him that brought continued healing. May we walk today with an appreciation for the One who heals as we thank Him also for what He has healed. It’s easy to jump into the mindset of “I got what I came for…I have other things to do now.” Living a life in continuous gratitude and thankfulness with Him is our new call for life.
Think about some of your past experiences for which you are grateful. Write some of them down. How do you feel about those past experiences?