20 Mar 2020 - Give Thanks
Good morning, everyone!
Today’s devotion is taken from Luke 17:11-19 about the Ten lepers who were healed by Jesus but only one turned back to say “thank you.”
More than often, we can also be like the nine lepers who forgot to be grateful and thankful to God for His creation and the uncountable blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We also forgot to thank those people whom God has sent into our midst to encourage, edify and build us up. Because without them, we may not be able to achieve that much and be who we are today.
Everything we have belongs to God. It is therefore right that we offer Him thanks and praise that are due to Him. It is definitely easy to give thanks and praise to God on the good days.
How then are we to be thankful right now when the whole world is facing a crisis as the coronavirus currently has affected 177 countries worldwide which is 90% of the world. It has turned every country’s economy and its workforce upside down including our daily routines, plus creating worries and fear across all levels.
Or do we wait until this crisis is over then offer thanks to God? Certainly not. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, it says, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We are to be thankful not only in the good times but also in the bad times including facing difficult situations.
Yesterday’s devotion sharing was about “faith.” It is this type of faith that we need to have this kind of thankfulness during difficult situations.
In Luke 17:14, the lepers were walking away to show themselves to the priests as Jesus has told them to do so. In the midst of that walking away, they were healed. In order for the healing miracle to happen, they had to start by walking in faith before their situation was changed.
Likewise, we have to put our faith in God and still be thankful despite the crisis and continue to trust that He will change the difficult situation soon.
In closing, let us practice a lifestyle of thanksgiving from this day forward.
20 March 2020