Do What Pleases God

The four words hit me like a truck. Max Lucado said them in a devotional. In fact, he said them several times. But it was like I heard them for the first time.


Do what pleases God. He wrote a paragraph putting the reader into a difficult situation. How do they deal with it? Do what pleases God. He wrote another paragraph. Then another each ending with Do what pleases God.


He said it better, so here’s a link


His words juxtaposed in my mind with my study in 1 & 2 Thessalonians titled, Children of the Day.”


Beth Moore (My new bff) gave examples of walking with God. I looked up references beginning in the first chapter of the Bible, when God walked with Adam.


Imagine that.


Then she tore through the Old Testament like my puppy tears through slippers. We visited Enoch, Abraham, and a few kings. We ended up walking with two despondent followers on the road to Emaus. Jesus joined them even though they didn’t know it. Their despair turned to delight. And hope.


Jesus has a way of doing that.


I want to walk with Jesus that way.


Beth goes on to say that walking with God is living in His presence.


In other words, Do what pleases God.


I’ve thought about those words this last week. I’ve prayed them. Meditated on them. Asked forgiveness for not doing them.


Sometimes, I make my Christian life a list of do’s and don’ts.


But the Great Gospel of Grace pushes me beyond duty to delight.


Delight in His Word. Delight in prayer. Delight in walking with Him.


Funny, when I do what pleases God, I’m pleased. Joyful even.


What about you? Do me a favor. Think about those words this week and tell me about it. I’d love to hear it.


In fact, I’m smiling even as I think about it.


Do what pleases God.



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