By Oke Chinye
Read: LUKE 17: 11-19
“So, when He saw them, He said to them, ‘go show yourself to the priests.’ And so, it was that as they went, they were cleansed”. (Luke 17:14).
The story of the ten lepers highlights the importance of obedience and faith. As they cried to Jesus concerning their situation, am certain they expected Him to say: ‘be healed’ or ‘you are cleansed from your leprosy’. But Jesus said ‘go show yourself to the priests’ and that was it. Had they not obeyed Jesus’ command they would not have received their miracle.
I have often pondered on this story and wondered what our reaction would be in today’s church. Wouldn’t we be utterly disappointed? Wouldn’t we murmur and complain? ‘Show ourselves to the priests?’ ‘He didn’t even touch us, how does showing ourselves to the priests count for anything? Have the priests not seen us all this while?’ These are just a few of the complaints that we would have muttered.
God does not owe us an obligation to answer our prayers in the way or manner we desire. Oftentimes, we expect Him to act in a particular way, and when He gives a command or stirs us in a direction that does not match our expectations, we struggle with obeying or fail to obey. If our eyes were to be opened to behold the miracles and blessings that we have missed due to our disobedience, we would be greatly saddened.
Learn to trust God completely this year and commit to obeying his leading, whether it makes sense to you or not. The miracle is always in the obedience.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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