Live To Please God

When people live so that they please the Lord,
even their enemies will make peace with them.
(Proverbs 16:7 New Century Version)

How do we live in ways that please the Lord? Obey his commands, seek his face, do no evil, love one another, love your enemies? In short, it may boil down to simply what the Lord requires. We believers must live to please the Lord rather than ourselves.

Please God

What does the Lord require of man? The prophet Micah, wrote succinctly on this matter. He said to do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8 my paraphrase). Solomon’s desire was to please God by asking for the right thing.

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. For God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or death of your enemies—I will give you what you asked for!” (1 Kings 3:10-12 NLT).

Live for Him

If it can be that simple, how do we miss the mark so often? The New Testament shows many things we can do to please God. The Apostle Paul’s profound instructions to the believers at Colossae helps me. This prayer encourages them and it applies to all believers – then and now.

We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you complete wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit (Colossians 1:9b,10 NLT).

So, do we merely obey God’s commands? No, it’s that and much more, Jesus came and revealed to us the attitudes and actions that please God. We believers must live to please the Lord rather than ourselves.

Prayer: Father, your Word is a revelation on how we should live (as well as an illustration on how not to live). Guide me daily in my walk with you. Selah.

Put God In Charge

Mortals make elaborate plans,
but God has the last word.

Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.

Put God in charge of your work,
then what you’ve planned will take place.

and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3 MSG).

The wisdom held in many of Solomon’s wise sayings may astound and confuse a believer. We know God wants us to listen to what he desires for us. To fully commit all that we do and say to the Lord is greater than making our own elaborate plans.

Divine Influence Needed

We may come up with hundreds of schemes that we wish God would bring into effect — but they may not for his good or his glory. Without divine influence, we’re simply begging God to bless our own ideas. *

God Is Perfect

We must keep in mind God’s purpose (through the Word and the Holy Spirit). We want God-imparted ideas and plans. When we carefully listen and read what God wants for us, we can know we’re on the right path, and our works will succeed. Because God is perfect, we can trust him.

To fully commit all that we do and say to the Lord is greater than making our own elaborate plans.

Prayer: Father, help form my thoughts and intentions based on your plans for me. Selah.

* Clarke’s Commentary, Proverbs 16:1-3,,

God Knows

The LORD sees everything, whether good or bad.
Proverbs 15:3 (CEV Contemporary English Version)

We know and should understand God created it all. We shouldn’t be surprised that he sees and knows everything, even though we cannot see him. Would believers live differently if they believed God knew everything they did?

God Sees It All

Theologians use the terms omniscient and omnipresent to show that God knows everything (or is all knowing) and is present everywhere—but these words are not in the Bible. And knowing God hates evil (see Proverbs 6:16-19) and he rewards good should comfort believers.

Because God sees/knows everything mankind does, there are no secrets kept from him. This should be a stern warning to those who thumb their nose at sin and keep doing as they please. Whether you are a theologian or not, it’s true that God knows everything and we don’t! We’ve been warned.

It comes down to this: whether we live for God or for ourselves—it is our choice! Choose life in God almighty—he loves us so much. Would believers live differently if they believed God saw everything they did?

Prayer: Father, let me never forget you see all I do and know all about me. Keep me on track and protect me by your overwhelming love.