Developing a Thankful Heart

(John 9:38) He called out, Lord, I believe! [I rely on, I trust, I cleave to You!] And he worshiped Him.

The religious leadership were persistently trying to gather up dirt on Jesus. They asked, “How did he open your eyes?” The man replied, “I’ve told you over and over and you haven’t listened. Why do you want to hear it again? Are you so eager to become his disciples?” They did not like that statement. They fired back by saying, “You might be a disciple of that man, but we’re disciples of Moses. We know for sure that God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes from.” They were supposed to be the religious leadership, the ones that knew what was going on, but they had no clue. The man replied, “This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! It’s well known that God isn’t at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of – ever. If this man didn’t come from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.” The formerly blind man had a good point. How could they truly attribute the works of Jesus to anyone but God? It was as if the formerly blind man was giving a spiritual lesson to those that were supposed to be spiritual. They did what many people do when they find themselves wrong – they responded with anger. The religious leadership said, “You’re nothing but dirt! How dare you take that tone with us!” They then threw him out in the street.

The same religious rulers that could not do anything for his blindness had now kicked him out on the street because he was expressing confidence in the one that was used to restore his sight. The ones that should have been supporting Jesus were attempting to persecute Him. In the process a man that should have been taken in and taught in the Lord was now kicked out on the street. But thank God for Jesus! When Jesus heard that he was kicked out He tracked him down. Jesus found him and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man’s eyes had been healed, but he was about to receive true salvation. The man said, “Point him out to me, sir, so that I can believe in him.” Jesus said, “You’re looking right at him. Don’t you recognize my voice?” Right then the man called out, “Lord I believe!” And he worshipped Him.

So what does this mean to you today? It means that we have lots to be thankful for. Like the man in the text, many of us have been done wrong. Many of us have experienced less-than good treatment by someone who was supposed to help us. Many of us have been kicked out by life. But thank God that Jesus sought us out. He looked for us, found us, saved us, and blessed us! This Thanksgiving season and every day we should do what the man did in the text – worship Jesus! How? By giving Him the glory for everything He has done, is doing, and will do!

Confession for this day:

Lord God. I have a thankful heart. I know You searched me out when I needed searching. You found me and loved me enough to take me in when I was out on the streets and not living right. I also thank You for loving me enough not to leave me that way. You have changed my life forever and I will forever give You thanks. I have a thankful heart for You, in You, and towards You. Thank You, thank You, thank You! In Jesus’ Name Amen

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