April 15 - Obedience Brings Blessing

By Alice Northcutt

Devotional Scripture: Luke 17:14

Central Thought: Sometimes obedience does not make sense, but obedience with faith brings great reward.

    How foolish it would have seemed to a passerby who may have overheard Jesus' words to the ten lepers: "Go and show yourselves to the priests." Everyone who lived in the area knew the rules for lepers; they were to keep their distance from "clean" people. And they were to go to the priest only after they were free from leprosy. But these ten lepers had cried out to Jesus for mercy. And He had told them to go and show themselves to the priests.

    What were the lepers thinking as they obediently started on the journey to the priest? Were they thinking that they had nothing to lose by following such foolish orders? Were they still calling out "unclean, unclean" to warn others to stay away from them? Were they anxiously watching to see if the scales of leprosy were still there? Were they expecting to see clear skin in place of the leprous scales? Were they remembering all the reports they had heard of Jesus healing all kinds of sicknesses and diseases? Perhaps all of these thoughts were in their minds. But as they went, they were cleansed.

    It was while the lepers were obeying that their cleansing came. When we find ourselves in a hopeless situation, may we also cry out to Jesus. May we submit in obedience to Him, even if our obedience brings questions or ridicule from those about us. Let us remember that "as they went they were cleansed." May we also remember that God heals different people in different ways, but the most important healing that can come to us is healing for our souls.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, may I be willing to be obedient to You, even when it does not make sense to me.

Today's Bible Reading: Joshua 11:1-12:24; Luke 17:11-37; Psalm 84:1-12; Proverbs 13:5-6