In Luke 17:11-19, the Bible narrated an interesting story of the ten lepers that were healed by Lord Jesus and how only one of the ten returned to thank God.
Unfortunately, most of us are like the ten lepers. We are keen and willing to thank God when we receive something tangible while we murmur or just mute otherwise. In contrast, we are expected to thank God even when the reason(s) to thank Him is not yet evident. We are to thank and praise God in anticipation of the glory ahead.
And most importantly, we are encouraged to always thank God for WHO HE IS and not because of what he has done.
Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Principles of thanking God
Lets quickly look at some principles of thanking God.
Luke 17vs 19 "Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
In giving thanks to God, we receive more from God. Also, we are guided to know ‘What’s next’ in life when we choose to thank the Almighty God.
“He is good!
His faithful love endures forever!”
At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord.”