Trying to Please God
I wonder how many people spend their lives trying to please God but they feel they can never please Him enough. I wonder how many are laboring under a sense of failure because they feel that they cannot satisfy God.
I think of our religious friends, the Muslims, who bow and prostrate themselves five times a day until they develop a mark on their foreheads, which they wear with pride as a sense of accomplishment. They are trying to please Allah, but they have absolutely no assurance that they can ever please him.
I think of Martin Luther, the great reformer who ignited the Reformation in Europe. As a Dominican monk in the monastery, he was so overburdened with his sin and his unworthiness in trying to please God, he literally would go to the abbot of the monastery every hour on the hour for confession until the abbot got tired of him and said, "Stop coming back."
Luther wanted to please God, but he couldn't until he read the Scripture, opened the Word of God and realized that salvation is by grace alone. Then his life was transformed and he ignited the Reformation in Europe.
We spend all of this effort and hard work trying to please God, yet never feeling that God is pleased because we miss the meaning of the Word of God. Without faith, no one can please God.
Prayer: Father, thank You that You are perfect and full of grace. Thank You for the reminder that there is nothing I can do that can please You. Thank You that it is only by Your grace that we can be called Your sons and daughters. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"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" (Hebrews 11:6).