The Things that Please God
In the midst of failure one begins to examine within. We immediately feel the shame that is the result of our failures. We are so quick to throw in the towel in the midst of our imperfection. However if we were to observe the lives of bible heroes we would find that they too were not perfect. You look at Abel and all you see is the perfect sacrifice that he prepared before God. You forget the dysfunctional family he was born into. He inherited a world of sin and shame. You take a look at the life of Noah and you immediately think of the stand he took in the midst of an evil world. You think of the obedience and the determination it took to build an ark that would save his family. You don’t think of the time when he got drunk and stripped out of his clothing. Abraham is known to be the friend of God, the one who obeyed the call of God. Yet we forget his time of doubt, we dismiss the time he slept with a woman that was not his wife. We can conclude that the heroes of faith were not perfect. But these ordinary men somehow found a way to please God.
So I ask what these men did to please God. What was it that these men possessed that made the difference with God? What special characteristics can be found by looking at the lives of these men? It can be simply put into one word “faith”. It is the fact that these men were willing to believe in simple instructions. They may not have seen what God was trying to do but they trusted him anyway and they responded to the voice of God. Because of there faith in what they could not see, they received the reward of hope, they received the substance of the unimaginable.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
I once heard it preached that this scripture can be changed to read like this:
But with faith it is possible to please him.
We can be so easily distracted by the reward, or in the seeking part of this scripture. We can easily believe that he is able in the lives of others, but not in ours. The main ingredient for pleasing God is easily forgotten and that is faith. Faith is what it takes to remove mountains of impossibility. Faith moves us to act upon our current situation and when we call upon the one that is able, things begin to happen.
There was a rich man who had a servant that fell ill. He was in so much pain he did not sleep. He could not get the rest he needed to recover and death was near. This centurion tracked Jesus down and he pleaded with him to heal his servant. Jesus offered to go and visit the servant but the man felt unworthy. He believed it was enough for Jesus to just speak the word. He trusted in the power of God. Jesus could not believe his ears; He had never encountered a man like this.
Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
It is evident through scripture that the thing that pleases GOD is faith. Faith will lead you into another dimension. The psalmist understood this because his faith took him further into an experience with GOD. He knew him so well that he was able to call him by name. He sang praises of his name. He sang songs of thanksgiving, he magnified his name. This man tapped into an area of worship that had a greater effect than sacrificing a bullock or an ox.
Psa 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psa 69:31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
David a man after Gods own heart. His story is filled with drama. Bloodshed, lies, lust and deception is found throughout his life. However David desired the presence of GOD and he understood that worship led to God’s presence. He worshipped God with all of his heart. Praise would continually come from David’s lips. He worked so diligently to get the Ark of the Covenant back to the people. And as he marched before Israel bringing that token of his presence back. He filled the streets with a dance, a shout, He called out the musicians, the singers and he worshipped his way back into the presence of the almighty God. The hour for men to please God is now; we must take hold of faith in God and his word and realize that God is looking for men to worship him in spirit and in truth.
1 Th 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
I believe God is still adding to his list of the heroes of faith. To qualify one must take hold of faith in God. You must have a spirit that desires to worship him. He is not looking for the perfect man, but the imperfect man that is willing to put his trust in him. A man that is willing to follow him. It is faith and worship that pleases God.
- Christopher Urrutic