Follow your “please” with a “thank-you”
Those silly lepers. We read Luke’s account of Jesus healing ten men with leprosy and think, “I’d never be like that. I’d be the one who came back to thank him.”
I thought this myself until God brought me major healing from a crippling chronic illness. For years I prayed for relief and promised God I wouldn’t forget him if he spared me from the pain. When the day arrived that I was officially free from medication, I praised and praised God. I vowed I’d never stop. I’m sorry to say my gratitude for that incident has since become a little lackluster.
It’s natural to quickly shift our energy from gratitude back to asking. God gives us something wonderful, but we focus instead on the long list of other things we still want from him.
Luke 17:17,18 might make us cringe: “Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’”
God loves to shower you with blessings, but he’s not immune from the pain your lack of gratitude brings him. It’s like a father completing a tree house for his son, who never stops to thank his dad and climbs right up to play, ignoring dad until he realizes he needs him to build a tree swing too.
When God answers your prayers and blesses you, don’t immediately move on to the next want on your wish list. Don’t let your “pleases” outweigh your “thanks.”
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