There have been times in the past when I have been so consumed by life that I have not realised that my prayer has been answered. There are also times when I have simply taken God for granted when it comes to the receiving the basics in life such as food, shelter and good health.
In this passage we read that only one of the 10 lepers whom Jesus healed returned to him to give thanks. He was a Samaritan. I often wonder why the other nine didn’t return with the Samaritan to give thanks to Jesus. Perhaps, in their joy, they simply focused on telling their friends and family what had happened. Or maybe they didn’t think that Jesus was the reason for their answered prayer. Either way, Jesus simply appreciated the gratitude of the Samaritan.
It’s also interesting to note that Jesus told the returning Samaritan that it was his faith that made him well. There seems to be a connection with faith and thanksgiving. When the 2 are combined, God’s power is released. When we give thanks to God, we are exercising our faith by recognising that He is the source of all good things.
I have come to believe that as Christians, giving thanks to God doesn’t always come naturally or automatically. Sometimes we need reminders of the goodness of God and to take a conscious effort to give Him the praise that’s due. The old chorus says “count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done…”. We truly have so much to give God thanks for. During our thanksgiving week, let’s count our many blessing and give God thanks.