And as they went, they were cleansed…(Lk 17:14).
When I was in college my golf game struggled tremendously. As my scores shot up I knew I had to do something about it. I couldn’t just sit on my hands and expect things to change on their own, so I grabbed my clubs and spent hours at the indoor training center on campus during the winter. Each day I would go and receive private instruction. I went through a total swing change. It was hard, challenging and frustrating, but each day I kept coming back because I had a goal to become a better golfer.
Many of us expect Jesus to change or circumstances without us doing anything about it. It’s as if we expect Him to wave some magic wand and make everything better. We believe we have no part to play.
However, Jesus has an encounter with ten lepers who cry out for mercy to be healed. They are desperate to be made well and Jesus tells them, “go and show yourself to the priest.” Jesus did not heal them at the moment he spoke the word. He healed them as they got up and put their faith about who He was into practice.
In Exodus 14 as the Israelites are trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians God says to Moses, ““Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” (vs. 15)
Sometimes we spend so much time crying out to God, expecting Him to magically change our circumstances. We end up missing the point that healing often comes at the point of our willingness to get up and apply faith to our petitions.
It could be that what God has asked us to do is not the answer we liked, so we’re waiting for a different answer, sitting on our hands, expecting things to get better. Yet, all the while, God says, “I’ve answered your prayer, now get up and trust me with the results.”
Moses could have sat on the banks of the Red Sea, waiting for God to part the Red Sea with no further action by him. However, God says to Moses, “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the dry waters.” (Ex 14:16) God rarely, if ever, waves the magic wand. He often asks us to practice faith to see His hand bring healing, deliverance, and blessing in our life.
Where is God challenging you to put your faith into practice today?
Lord, my faith is often so small. Sometimes I pray for things, then you provide, but out of fear, pride or insecurity I sit on my hands instead. Lord, forgive me. I want to have greater faith! I want to walk today in boldness and courage for your glory. Help me to apply faith to my life. I long to see your healing, purposes, and grace multiplied in my heart for the world to see, in Jesus name, Amen!