Too often I have tried to please other failed humans, just like me. It can be very frustrating, because with some there is just not enough that we can ever do to please them. But our Lord doesn’t call us to be “people pleasers”. “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:10)

Our Lord God wants us to please Him, not others. What He wants from us is our faith and trust in Him, thankfulness, for us to fellowship with Him, our obedience, and for us to glorify Him. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Heb 11:6)

It takes commitment for us to walk with Him faithfully. And we are never too old to begin that commitment, if we haven’t already. Enoch began walking faithfully with God when he was 65 years old, after the birth of his son, and the Lord was pleased (Gen 5:21-24). As we discussed yesterday, Abrahm was 75 years old when the Lord called out to him. Throughout Scripture the Lord shows us how we can please Him and what He wants from us. “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

The Lord has promised that if we seek Him with our whole hearts, we will find Him (Jer 29:13). It has become very clear to me that seeking the Lord, His will, His purpose and worshiping Him must be my first priority. Before I have the chance to become disheartened with anything in my life or in the world I live in, I must first turn to Him in prayer and in meditating on His Word, and thank Him. I must seek Him with my whole heart. “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Ps. 63:1)

There are times when I find it difficult to be faithfully committed, because my mind wanders and there seem to be “fires” to put out. I found a verse that I pray to the Lord in those times, “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Ps. 86:11)

I want to please the Lord, not myself and not others. And I am so grateful to be able to come and ask for His help in doing that. “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Is 41:13)