Blessings to the Thankful
Daily Devotional for November 25th
..And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? There are not found that give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. Luke 17: 15-19
As we are all well aware of by now, God blesses His children beyond compare. The blessings placed on God’s genuine children stand as a testimony to the world that living our lives for Christ is the best life there is. A thankful heart grows from the realization that although we don’t deserve anything, God freely pours out His blessings unto us.
As Jesus sent these ten lepers to the priests, they were cleansed as they walked. When the one leper say that he was healed, he turned back and gave praise unto God. This is our proper response to anything that God does in our life. The other nine lepers were cleansed as well, but thankfulness did not consume them enough to the point where they returned to Jesus.
It is evident from the scriptures that the other nine lepers were Jews. This one leper who returned was a Samaritan; a Gentile. Gentiles were not directly promised the blessings of the Jews simply because they were not in covenant with God. This is most likely the reason why this Samaritan returned. He was so overwhelmed that God would do anything for him although he was not in the covenant with God, it caused him to return and thank the Lord for what He had done.
Leprosy was a disease that caused the extremities to be eaten away. Those who carried leprosy for a while would eventually lose their fingers, toes, etc. This leper’s return to Jesus and falling at His feet would prove to be more than what this stranger could hope for. There was an added blessing given to him simply because he returned with a thankful heart to Jesus. Although all ten lepers were cleansed, this Samaritan was the only one who was made whole. This meant that Jesus miraculously restored the fingers, toes, etc. that he had lost from leprosy.
His thankfulness caused greater blessing to come in his life. What about you friend? Have you received of God but have not returned to give Him thanks? Are you enjoying the blessing Jesus has given you but have failed to return, fall at His feet and thank Him for all He has done? Greater blessings await your returning and thanking Jesus for what He has already done. Could it be that unthankfulness is holding back greater blessings, healings, deliverances from you? Why don’t you come before Him and thank Him for all He has done? Greater things may be given when you do.