We’ve talked before about the plight of those suffering from leprosy in the ancient world. Unfortunately, after someone was declared leprous, they were forced to leave their families and live on the outskirts of town with others who shared their diagnosis. So grim was their lot that many saw no way out other than to die or receive a miracle. And this is where the story in Luke 17 picks up. Jesus was traveling from the northern country of Galilee south to Jerusalem, along the border of Samaria, which was sandwiched in the middle. On his journey, He passed by a colony of lepers who had clearly heard about His power to heal. From a distance, ten men cried out to Him, “Master, have pity on us,” or in other words, “Lord, make us well.” In response to this, Christ, though He heard them, did not stop and approach as He did in some other stories. He didn’t touch them or hug them — He simply gave them instructions to go and show themselves to the priest. He did this because any Jew known to be leprous had to be evaluated by the priest in order to be declared clean and admitted again into society. In this case, even though He didn’t provide any immediate physical evidence of healing, He prompted them to start moving forward in the faith that He would restore them along the way. And so it is with many things in our lives today.
My friend, when the Lord gives you a promise, move forward as if it’s already come to pass. Even though you may not see any indication of change, surrender the outcome and let Him meet you in the process. He finishes everything that He starts, and He’s delighted when your confidence in His Word is so deep that you’re willing to start walking, despite not knowing exactly where the road will lead. If you trust Him to make good on His covenants, He’ll do the miraculous in your midst and use your faith-filled life to show His glory to both doubters and seekers alike.