WEEK 4: Give Thanks
“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 17:12-19, NIV)
Can you still remember how it felt when you first experienced God answering your prayer or doing a miracle in your life – the exhilaration you felt when you realised that the Creator of the universe responded to your prayer and cry for help? Did you merely continue with your life, because this is what you expected Him to do, or did you thank Him and praise His name?
Do you still thank Him and praise Him in the same manner as you did during the start of your relationship with Him?
Giving thanks to the Lord doesn’t always have to be dependent on answers to prayer. We should also be thankful for the things we don’t necessarily ask for and so easily take for granted, like having food to eat every day and good health. We can easily judge the nine lepers for not returning to thank the Lord for healing them, but do we often thank the Lord for being able to see and hear?
As we grow in relationship with God, we run the risk of becoming too familiar with Him and we lose our awe of His provision along the way. If we do not realise this early enough, it can lead to spiritual arrogance. We should always turn back to God and thank Him, as we did when we first experienced His provision and answer to our prayers. He is still the same God and He is still just as worthy of our thanksgiving and praise.