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Pleasing God is something that a lot of us find very difficult to do. Truthfully, it’s very easy.
I would like to start off by talking about how we must live to please God. I will be providing all reading material so you don’t need your Bible. The first scripture I would like to go to is Deuteronomy 10:12 & 13…
Deuteronomy 10:12 & 13 (NKJV)
The Essence of the Law
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?”
In verses 12 and 13 tells us exactly what God wants from us.
- Fear Him – To fear God means to submit to him and hold him in awe. Fearing God isn’t being afraid of him, but respecting him and recognizing that he is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God.
- Walk in all his ways – This means that we are to conduct our lives in accordance to the will of God.
- Love him – God has to be your first love, your priority. It makes it much harder for us to hurt someone we truly and faithfully love.
- Serve Him – Worship unto God is our main focus. Every aspect of our lives must glorify and honor God.
- Obey him – Keep his commandments. This doesn’t just go down to the ten commandments, but also the two that Jesus used to sum up the ten commandments. (Matthew 22:34 – 40)
Live following these guidelines and you will live a life that is pleasing to God. We are all already partaking in the grace of God, but pleasing God opens up doors in our lives that, otherwise, could never be opened. Some of us feel dry, or empty. Some of us have been waiting to feel something, or waiting or something to happen. Please God and see what happens. In Deuteronomy 11 God tells the Israelites the benefits of their obedience towards him.
Deuteronomy 11:13 – 15 (NKJV)
13 “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14 then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. 15 And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.”
Verses 14 and 15 show us the blessing, but before that verse 13 shows us what it takes to receive the blessing. We must “earnestly obey” his commandments so that he can “give us the rain.” Another thing we must pay close attention to is how God worded this. He said, “I will give you the rain for your land in its season.” Most of us are “here and now” people. I did good, so I expect to reap the benefits now. I obeyed, so God needs to bless me now. God doesn’t work like that. If he did we wouldn’t really need faith. We must continually seek God and obey God, while maintaining our faith and trust in him to bless us. God is faithful. He is not man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19). If he said he is going to do it, then he is going to do it. You must walk forward in obedience to the word of God not only because you want to be blessed, but because when you are blessed you have the chance to be a blessing. You want the rain? You want the blessing? You want the grain, the new wine, and the oil? You MUST please God. You MUST obey his word. You MUST live according to the example that his son, Jesus Christ, left behind.
Now I understand that waiting is hard. Waiting is tiresome and troublesome. Let’s face it – a lot of the times we are waiting for a blessing it’s because we are in need of it. We grow desperate and begin to think that we will never be blessed, never experience God, never get through this suffering. I have some good news for you. You can find it in 1 Peter 5:10.
1 Peter 5:10 (NKJV)
10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
It’s very easy to focus on “suffered a while”, but I want you to focus on the word “after.” You see, “after” signifies change. “After” signifies hope. It isn’t just a word, it’s a transition. After the waiting, after the desperation, after the suffering – God will “perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” We tend to put too much attention on the suffering, when we should be looking forward to the after. The suffering is only for a little why. The after will always come if you stay strong in your faith.
Keep your eyes on God in the midst of your suffering. Keep your eyes on God in the midst of your drought. Live a life that is pleasing to God, and your rain will come, your blessings will come, your time will come. Obey God, and let him surprise you through your obedience.