One of them came back to Jesus, shouting, “Glory to God, I’m healed!” He fell flat on the ground in front of Jesus, face downward in the dust, thanking Him for what He had done.... Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine?” (Luke 17:15-17).

Are we thankful for God’s miracles? I have often thought about how exciting it will be when we get to heaven. Our eyes will be opened to all the miracles God did for us — most of which we were unaware of while on earth. We will also come to realize how many times we rationalized away many of the miracles, like the nine lepers who were healed.

Here are several ideas as to why the nine lepers never returned to Jesus to give thanks. Keep in mind that these are only suggestions, but they reveal a whole lot about human nature:

Think about it: are we thanking God for all He has done and is doing for us? Or are we, like the lepers, rationalizing away God’s miracles?

Father, would You please give us an attitude of gratitude – every day? Thank You! Amen.

The list above is taken from Charles L Brown's June 1990 newsletter,

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