“Then said Jesus, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ And he said to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:17-19)
According to the book of Wisdom, nothing happens in this world without God knowing: “For the Lord of all will not stand in awe of anyone, nor show deference to greatness; because he himself made both small and great, and he takes thought for all alike.” (Wisdom 6:7).
In response to the leper who came to give thanks, Jesus said: “Your faith has made you well.” This implies that there is a connection between gratitude and faith. It takes faith to realise that the good things which come our way are never by chance. By giving God thanks, we become ever more conscious of His power. The more we try to count our blessings, the more blessings we discover.
However, if we cannot thank God, it is because we do not believe God has done anything. To the ungrateful heart, prayers are just a waste of time; a reminder of their pains and the increase of their fears. Learn to count your blessings so as not to have a negative attitude to life. To every cloud, there is a silver lining. No matter how tough things may be, you will always have something to be grateful for.
Deliberately thank God all the time so that you can have the confidence to ask from God when you are in need. Ten lepers were cured but only one was made well. Being cured of our problems is one thing, gratitude makes us whole, complete, and well.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, deepen my Faith. Amen.
Bible Study: Wisdom 6:1-11, Ps. 82:3-4,6-7, Luke 17:11-19).