Scripture | Luke 17:15-18
“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
During a family gathering, the family and I were answering questions with one-word answers, and one question asked us to describe in one word our relationship with God, and as I was pondering over what one word I could say to describe the relationship, my cousin immediately shouts, KEPT! This one word generated so many feelings within me all at once, but above all, I felt a sense of gratitude. Expressing gratitude is a form of worship to God that says that you absolutely didn’t have to do what you did, but I am so thankful that you did. In, Luke 17: 11-19, Jesus heals ten men with leprosy, but only one returned to say thank you for the awesome blessing. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” So take today and everyday to be filled with gratitude simply because God is God, and He is faithful.
God thank You for keeping us in all circumstances, and forgive us for not saying thank You more. Please help to remember the words of Paul when he said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” So God we say thanks and express gratitude in all circumstances because we have truly been KEPT in all circumstances, and we are thankful that You are God. Amen!