Hope & Healing
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”—Luke 17:11-19
These ten men were desperate for healing. Leprosy was such an awful infectious disease that men who had it were desperate for healing. And they knew they had only once chance to get Jesus' attention, it was just as he even entered the village. This is, in fact, where the infected would have lived—outside the village. Yet they know that Jesus has the supernatural power to help them, and so they cry out to him, begging for him to help.
What's fascinating is Jesus’ response! He directs them to go to the priests. This is what someone with leprosy, or a similar disease, would do after they had been healed. They would go to a priest in order to get approval to reenter society and be declared physically and spiritually clean. Jesus, however, tells them to go before this has happened. The men, to their credit, go. And in their going, (an act of faith) they are healed.
Often when we are in need, confused, hurting, or at a loss for direction, we ask God to resolve, remove, reconcile, or reverse the situation. We ruminate on it trying to strategically devise a way out. But often God just want us to do the next right thing. He just wants us to take one more step, and then another, and so on. And while the step may seem odd, it is usually in the action that we see God doing wonderous things.
Do you want to see something spectacular today? If so, just do the next right thing. Take action in obedience, and when you see God do something miraculous turn back to give him thanks.
This week we are focusing on the discipline of scripture.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Identify: a word or phrase of hope from the scripture today.
- Pray: with God for 3-5 minutes, about the healing you need.
- Share: below, the hope and healing you need.
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