God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 17

GOD BRINGS ANSWERS AS YOU GO

As [Jesus] entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went they were cleansed.  (Luke 17:12-14)

Sometimes Jesus heals while we just sit there.

Sometimes we pray, then wait, and Jesus responds with the answer we were looking for without us having to do anything.  We remain passive, and He takes the active role in making things happen without any involvement on our part.

But that’s usually not the case.

All throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus healing people, cleansing people, responding to people’s needs.  Yet, in so many of the accounts, we see that though all the power comes from Him, He loves to use human action as a catalyst for the divine miracle.

The Bible calls it faith.

Sometimes we pray for something and then sit back in our easy chair and expect God to act.  However, more often than not, there is some level of participation that Jesus is looking for from us.  It’s not about earning the answer, it’s about partnering with Jesus to bring glory to God through answered prayers!

So get out there!  Get going!  Start looking for opportunities to not just wait for God to move, but rather, to let Him move through you.  God’s not looking for you to prove yourself worthy for anything.  But He does love to give you the joy of participating in the miraculous.

As you pray and seek God for answers in your life, may you follow the practical steps He shows you and demonstrate faith through action.  As you do, watch and worship as you experience the hope of this unfolding truth: God brings answers as you go.

-Pastor Phillip


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