As They Went ~ Sunday Devotion
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. Luke 17:14 (NIV)
“As they went, they were cleansed.” The first step was obedience. Jesus said, “Go.” They went. On the way, as they went, the healing happened. It didn’t happen immediately. They didn’t see the results until they chose to obey and take action.
Taking a step sets off a chain reaction.
In some instances, God chooses to act immediately. We’ve seen many examples of instant healing in the Bible. But other times, God asks us to do something. To obey, then trust Him.
When I called out to God to help me break free from weight loss worries and obsessive focus on my body, I had to first obey. I had to stop with all the diets, gimmicks, and quick fixes. I had to choose to dig into His Word and implement a faith-first approach to my health. As I did this, I was healed, set free. As I said “No” to dieting. As I stopped scouring the internet for a new plan or pill. As I kept my eyes on my own paper and only on His Word did I find healing in this area of my life, in my spirit, mind, and body.
Let’s not miss verse 15 of Luke 14: “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.”
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned. He eventually noticed the healing. The same happened in my life. As I continued to follow Jesus and approach my health the way He guided me, I was healed. It didn’t happen overnight. I had to keep going in the direction He guided me. Eventually, I noticed that I wasn’t obsessing about food and my body so much. January 1st came, and I still felt confident in my approach and how I felt in my body. I didn’t get distracted by diets and everyone’s posts about how this year was somehow going to be different. I was confident in who I was because I knew Whose I was. And I wanted to stay free!
Eventually, one noticed his healing, and he went back with a grateful heart. What do you do when you finally notice God’s hand at work in your life?
Action Step: Where do you find yourself in this passage? Do you need to “go” and trust Him with the outcome? Or, do you need to pause, notice what He’s done, and return to Him to say “thank you”? Do something today.
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