Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Relief Is A Poor Substitute

Then Jesus said, "Were not 10 cleansed? Where are the nine? Didn't any return to give glory to God except this foreigner?"  And He told him, "Get up and go on your way. Your faith has made you well."  Luke 17:17-19

There was water in the ditch yesterday. It has rained, and we thank and praise God for it. I was so excited for the rain, and also for the possibility that the burn ban would be lifted. I have piles of trees and trash lumber from the building of our home that need to be burned. But, the burn ban is still on.  It's irritating.  It feels wet outside today. There is still water in the ditch, it's overcast, the grass is green, the rain has brought much needed relief, but still I can't burn.

10 lepers cried out to Jesus for healing, and he healed them all. What an incredible relief.  Leprosy had ostracized them from every healthy person in their lives for as many years as they had had the disease. Most of them would die early because of it.  In a sudden downpour of grace and mercy, they were healed. They could go home. They could go back to work. They could live.

But, for nine of them it wasn't really life. They were relieved, incredibly, but only one really lived that day. The one who returned to Jesus, fell at His feet, and worshiped was the only one who was truly delivered that day. He was the only one saved.

How many times do we settle for relief?  How many times does God give it, and we never turn back to Him for the reality of eternal and abundant life?