November 28, 2018

Realize and Respond With Gratitude

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 28, 2018

Go now and present yourselves to the priests for inspection of your disease. They went, and before they reached the priests, their skin disease was healed, leaving no trace of the disease that scarred them and separated them from the community. One of them, the instant he realized he had been healed, turned and ran back to Jesus, shouting praises to God. He prostrated himself facedown at Jesus’ feet. Thank You! Thank You! Now this fellow happened to be, not a Jew, but a Samaritan. Luke 17:14-16, The Voice

Sometimes I fail to realize God’s generous blessings and I move on my merry way without pausing to thank Him. I act like I am entitled—yet, I would say I ardently believe in the Lord’s mercy and grace in my life. So, why do I take for granted what’s good in my day to day activities and complain about what’s bad? Sadly, I forget my former condition of separation from Christ because of my sin and unbelief, and how marvelous my current state of unity with Jesus is through my trust in His love and forgiveness. If I demand good things and stay frustrated over bad things, I embrace a self-centered faith, which is an impotent faith. True unity in Christ quickly realizes His generous provision and pauses to worship and thank Him. Gratitude realizes and responds.

Jesus describes a group of ten lepers—ugly, suffering, desperate and ostracized from society. The Lord, in His love, engaged their deplorable situation and offered them healing and hope. He could have cleansed them on the spot, but instead instructed them to make their way to the religious leaders, so all involved could experience a fresh work of God. Their healing required faith and obedience. Along their way to meet the priests all ten were healed, but only one, once he realized he was beautifully restored, hurriedly went back to thank Jesus. Shouting praises to God, he ran back to Jesus, falling at his feet in grateful worship. Why just the one? Perhaps, his lesser status as a Samaritan constantly reminded him of his humble condition so he was honored to honor Jesus.

“But as for me, afflicted and in pain—may your salvation, God, protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:29-30).

Has the velocity of life numbed you into not needing to thank God for His small blessings and large life giving opportunities? Your little things may be someone else’s big things, like: a hot shower, new clothes, a comfortable home or a modest bank account. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for the small blessings that loom large and elusive for most of the world. What about the big gifts from your heavenly Father, like: physical health, growing relationships, spiritual wealth, emotional healing and vocational fulfillment? Don’t wait until these gifts from God are gone or in transition before you pay attention to them. Like a grateful farmer thanks the Lord for rain, sunshine and good soil, praise God for His showers of blessings.

Always realize your needy condition for Christ’s grace, mercy and healing. Remember what it was like before He healed your heart by His love and forgiveness: you were lost and afraid with no hope. Praise God you are now saved, secure and hopeful in your heavenly Father’s generous love and grace. Stop. Drop to one knee in praise and thanksgiving even though society may see you as strange because of your high moral standards and trust in a man who rose from the dead. Leverage your distinction to direct them to your Savior Jesus through your grateful words, generous giving and loving life. Humility is quick to thank God and others for lavish blessings.

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:15).

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for healing my heart and for feeding my soul with Your love and the truth of Your Word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Application

What is one thing I can thank God for each day of my life?


Related Reading

Ezra 3:11; Ephesians 5:4; Philippians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:3


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