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Step On It (3)

'...Rise and go; your faith has made you well.' Luke 17:19 NIV


Let's look again at the ten men with leprosy who Jesus healed. Their flesh is getting worn away and yet what does Jesus do? Magic up some special kind of medicine? Snap his fingers and, voilà, skin velvety as a new born? Nope. Jesus sends them walking. There is no on-the-spot miracle for these men. He asks them to walk in faith.

Imagine as they head to the temple to show the priests that they've been cured. At first maybe there was a bit of hesitation - 'But we're not even cured!' But the further they walked, the better their bodies became. Picture the scene as rotten stubs healed, wounds and sores gave way to layers of smooth skin. Can't you just hear these ex-lepers laughing all the way to the temple?

Sometimes before God will do the miraculous, He'll ask you to do the ridiculous. When God tells you something, best step on it. 'And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed' (Luke 17:14 NKJ). Note the words, 'as they went.' The Bible says, 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord...' (Psalm 37:23 NKJ). Whether it's healing, direction, forgiveness, or whatever you need, these men with leprosy remind us to keep walking in faith. Maybe God doesn't want to snap His fingers over your problem; maybe He's asking you to carry on walking. Maybe the walk is the way to your wholeness.

The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd alt