So last time I talked about idols, about how we make ourselves into our own idols. We are dead set on pleasing ourselves instead of pleasing God. Our focus should be on pleasing God, shouldn’t it?
So how do we do that? We live according to the commands in the Bible. We live in alignment with the words of Jesus. But it’s more than that. It’s more than actions. It’s a way of living, a state of being. Love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, meekness, temperance, self control. Living, being, the fruit of the spirit.
Why don’t we do it? Why do we seek to please ourselves instead of pleasing God? Maybe it’s because we are confused about the reward. What rewards are we seeking?
Blessing? Financial blessing? Stuff? Maybe. Sometimes.
Health? Healing? Sure. But not always.
Protection? Security? Well of course. Most of the time.
So that’s it? We seek to please Him for the blessing? For the health and healing? For peace and safety and security?
What happens if we serve Him and blessing does nor come? If we get sick and don’t get well? If we have to live under stress? In danger? What happens? Do we return to pleasing ourselves?
Some people say it this way. In seeking to to serve Him, to please Him, to do His will we seek what they call the peace of God. Let’s be clear. The peace of God is not necessarily blessing or healing or safety and security. The peace of God comes when we get still, when we listen, when we allow God’s Spirit to speak to us. When that knowing comes that says we are on the right track even when by all indications we are anything but blessed.
Why do we seek to please God? For blessing? No. For health? No. For protection and security? No. For that happy feeling when we do something good? No. Not even that.
We seek to please Him because He is God. And in seek to please Him we find… Him. And seeking Him we are seeking the only Source worth finding. And here is the promise He gives us, the only promise worth heeding, that in seeking Him He will be found of us.
The promise. If we knock He will open the door.