Pleasing God

EnochThe writer adds in Heb. 11:5, “Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.” The verbs “commended” and “pleased” are perfect tenses. The perfect tense speaks of completed action in the past but with continuing results. It means that the result of a past action is continuing now. Enoch was commended and the result of that commendation is continuing now. He was commended by God and stands commended by God. Enoch pleased God and the result of that act of pleasing God is continuing now. God was pleased by Enoch and stands pleased by Enoch.

What a great way to satisfy God!

       Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision, visited a church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, nearly a year after the devastating earthquake. The church’s building consisted of a tent made from white tarps and duct tape . . .
In the front row of that church sat six amputees ranging in age from 6 to 60. They were clapping and smiling as they sang song after song and lifted their prayers to God. The worship was full of hope…[and] with thanksgiving to the Lord.
No one was singing louder or praying more fervently than Demosi Louphine, a 32-year-old unemployed single mother of two. During the earthquake, a collapsed building crushed her right arm and left leg. After four days both limbs had to be amputated, but she was leading the choir, standing on her prosthesis and lifting her one hand high in praise to God…
. . . She had lost her job, her home, and two limbs, but she was deeply grateful because God spared her life on January 12th last year (2010)…”He brought me back like Lazarus, giving me the gift of life,” says Demosi…[who] believes she survived the devastating quake for two reasons: to raise her girls and to serve her Lord for a few more years.” [1]

That’s what it means to please God. To please God is to walk with God despite our circumstances. To walk with God is to listen to God despite the worldly noise. To walk with God is to trust and obey God despite the pain. To walk with God is to get close to God despite the troubles.

[1] “Rejoicing in Pain,” Sermoncentral.com. Cited February 20, 2016. Online: http://www.sermoncentral.com/illustrations/sermon-illustration-sermon-central-staff-stories-gratitude-79590.asp.

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