Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee to Jerusalem. Ten men with leprosy called to Him, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When He saw them, He said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests" (Luke 17: 13-14). On their way, they looked at themselves and noticed they were healed. One of them, a Samaritan, went back to Jesus praising God. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked Him. Jesus looked around. "Were not all ten cleansed of their leprosy? Where are the others? Rise and go," He said to the man, "your faith has made you well."
How often are we like the other nine who were healed? We grow anxious about our circumstances and go to God, begging for mercy and healing. When He rescues us from our suffering and heals us, we go on our way without a thought of thankfulness.
God doesn't want us to be anxious. His word says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7). Wow! Peace with God comes from a thankful heart.
Think About It
How many people in history could have been different if they had been thankful? Think about Adam and Eve. They lived in the Garden of Eden. God's beautiful creation surrounded them. They did not worry about anything. God protected and provided for them. Had they been thankful, I wonder if they would have been tempted by Satan to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. How many of us are like them? The more we have, the more we want, but are not thankful.
Pray About It
Change our hearts, O God. Help us to recognize your presence in our lives and be thankful in every situation. Help us to find our hope in you. In Jesus' name, Amen.