December 26, 2022

Finish the Test

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. He was a Samaritan.  Luke 17:15-16

We all go through many different kinds of test and trials. Let’s face it, in this world, there is going to be pain and suffering.  It’s not what God had in mind for His people, so He helps us when we turn to Him.

In today’s reading, ten lepers came to Jesus for healing.  They cried out to Him with their problem and desire to be healed.  Jesus didn’t ask them any questions about why this thing had happened to them or what they were doing to be better people to get rid of the problem.  Because they asked of Him, He simply told them to go show themselves to the priests to decide that they have been made clean and allowed them to go back living in society. This was a necessary step for anyone who had been pronounced as “unclean.”  They were required to be redeemed by inspection of the priest and a sacrifice made at the temple. This meant that there was a journey involved for most of them to the temple in Jerusalem.

In this passage, the lepers were cleansed as they began to follow the instruction that Jesus gave them.  If they had just stayed where they were waiting for their healing to show up, they may not have gotten the same results.  We know this because when the one Samaritan leper came back to thank Jesus, he was told that his faith made him well. 

The struggles you go through in life can also be looked at as tests.  Everything you face each day that isn’t ideal gives you the opportunity to make the choice of how you will handle your problem.  You can try to come up with a solution to solve your own issue, you can sit and pout about it and complain about how unfair life is.  You can even ignore that this is a dilemma and pretend like everything is fine.  The most effective way to handle difficulties is to bring them to Jesus asap.  He wants to help, and He is waiting for you to call on Him. This is the first step in passing the tests you take in life.  The second part is just as important and worth 50% of the results.  It is to be thankful and glorify Him.  When you take the time to come back and praise and honor Him after the situation is resolved, it will serve as a reminder so if that test comes around again, you will know how to pass it every time!  Passing the tests, you are going through day to day helps you to move on to the nest things in life that God has planned on the path you are traveling.  If you let a trial derail you, you can be stuck in the ruts of the same predicament for years at a time.

Today I want to encourage you to take the steps necessary to past the current obstacles you are up against.  First take it to Jesus and second be thankful.  Even if you haven’t seen the results yet of turning your problems over to Him, start the thanksgiving part immediately.  You know He has heard your request and you know that His answer is on the way.  Begin your “journey to the temple” by making your sacrifice of praise before you even leave your initial plea stance.  Then continue in the praise until you pass that test with flying colors.

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 17:11-19

11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 

12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 

13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 

16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 

18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 

19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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