Our scripture this week is Luke 17:11-19.
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
We have to pay attention to catch the lesson in this verse. When a leper was cured, according to the law they had to show themselves to a priest before they could be allowed back into society. Jesus tells them to go to the priests before the healing occurs, and as they obeyed Him, they were cleansed.
Sometimes God’s gifts work this way. We must have faith that He is constant in His love to us and when a promise is made, it will be kept. We just may not see it at first.
These men were confident that if they obeyed Jesus, they would be healed. It hadn’t happened yet, but because He told them to do what healed lepers do, they believed He would make them well. Jesus teaches us to act like the forgiven children of God, because in our obedience, we are forgiven.
Gracious God, sometimes we don’t see the “proof” of what you are doing in our lives, and in our shortsightedness, we fail. Help us to see the truth of Your blessings to us even when our human senses say it isn’t happening, help us to trust and obey. Amen.