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.
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.