Pleasing God

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Yesterday was a good day, with lovely weather and sunshine all day. It pleased me a lot going through the day with peace and easy–going thoughts. But I have to admit that when I got up this morning, I never considered that I should please God today, until I read in Hebrews 11:6, "Without faith it is impossible to please God." (NIV) Today may go well in my opinion, but will it please God in any way?

How do I do everything to please God and not just please myself? How can we go to bed satisfied that all our activities have pleased God? Hebrews says that the path to pleasing God is faith. We need to trust in Jesus to carry us safely through all that we do each day. In consciously talking with Him, we can follow His will with patience and joy. Jesus lifts our spirits, puts joy in our activities, and even helps us to reach out to help with the needs of others. Faith in Jesus gives us the patience and strength that we need when facing today's needs.

Will what I plan to do today please God? Does my faith show that Jesus goes ahead of me as I clean the house without complaining? Do I do the dishes with a song of praise in my heart? Do I go downtown to keep the doctor's appointment, not worried about what he will say, for Jesus already knows it? Do we care for the children without worrying about them, because Jesus is protecting them? Do we do our work diligently, as if working for Jesus? Do we honour Jesus by attending the study group at church?

Isaiah 35:3-4a – Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear." (NIV)

Yes, God is aware of how much pain, suffering, loneliness, or trouble that you and I are facing. We need to put our faith strongly in Jesus as He strengthens us, helping us to cope today. He calls us to please Him and to put our faith in Him by accepting His help. Thinking about His crucifixion opens my eyes with thanksgiving for the pain that He suffered and the aloneness that He felt when His disciples deserted Him. If we are feeling lonely and deserted, let us remember that Jesus is with all of us as we go through our worries and struggles. We put our faith strongly in Him as He strengthens us, helping us to cope today.

Yes, we trust God completely, and as we ask Him for help, He reaches out to us so that all that we do today will please Him.

Prayer: Lord, in our hearts, we love You, but we need Your help with all that faces us today. Everything is in Your hands — we don't need to worry. Today will be one of thanksgiving as we trust You to undertake for us in all that we must do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Iris Ford

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen sister!

    Thanks Iris for the good word. God’s blessings on your work.

    Thank you, Iris, for your encouraging message today. I needed to hear that. Blessings.

    Thank you Iris, for this timely devotion in my life. God bless you for sharing your gift with others.

    Iris, May God be as pleased with you as I was to be reminded of God’s care. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

    Oh, my dear Iris….this message is exactly what I need today.
    Thank you, and God bless you.

    Thank you for your devotionals. I have found recently they resonate with me as I have a number of changes in my life to deal with. God bless you richly.

    Dear Iris:
    AMEN! Beautifully said. Stay strong Christ.
    God bless you always.

    Dear Iris,
    You gave us much to guide us in thinking about how we can please God and not just ourselves. FAITH, YES.
    Keep writing.
    And I pray for the best for your health.

    Hello Iris,
    I have read your Devotionals for a few years now, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you how uplifting and helpful they are to me and I’m sure everyone! Your messages are the best!
    You are an inspiration to many, thank you for your continuing ministry!
    Oh, I should say that it is only my faith that carries me through each day, I am now a 24/7 caregiver for my husband.
    I am so thankful God chose me!
    God bless you in his care today.

    Hi Iris,
    We appreciate you writings in the “Presbyterian Daily Devotional”. Your messages make a lot of readers start their day on the right foot. It is not easy to function well when one is in pain for sure and we have to appreciate the help we feel with God in our life as he helps us take each step along the way. Thank you for helping me keep things in perspective.
    Both of us have had our share of sickness this year however our bodies are getting worn out as we reach the end of life here on earth.
    Best wishes and our caring thoughts are with you.

    Dear Iris,
    Good morning, How in the world did you know that your devotional is just what I need today, at least one of your thoughts.
    I will be seeing my doctor, and am I worried about what he will have to tell me the outcome of the X-rays? If what he has to tell me is what I don’t want to hear, how will I react? Oh, my, did I forget something, the most important part of this scenario? My dear Lord who I love with all heart has all of the answers and I have to trust Him to give me the right answers if decisions have to be made.
    Keep those devotions coming as they always have something special for me.

    Good Morning, dear Iris,
    We don’t know each other but I have read your devotionals for many years and am happy to see you back as a regular contributor.
    Thank you for the words the Lord gave you to write this morning. As usual, God places someone in my path with the “right” thing to say just when I need it most. I am starting the day concerned about my husband who is on a work course this week who called last night to say he is struggling. My immediate response was to jump to worry mode. Then my husband said “please pray for me”. We prayed together for God to give him confidence and the ability to complete the tasks ahead. But again this morning I went to the part of me that worries. Thankfully the PresbyCan devotional is my first stop of the day and your words reminded me of God’s faithfulness. I am also reminded that we please and honor Him by putting our trust in Him and surrendering all our worries and joys to him. So I pray with joyous expectation that no matter what, God’s plan for my husband will be fulfilled – recognizing and acknowledging all He has done for us in the past as we try to serve Him faithfully.
    Again, thank you for listening to the voice that guides us and sharing your thoughts and words to encourage and uplift.

    Iris- great great devotional. Thank you for this reminder.

    Dear Iris,
    Thanks for this devotional. I am trying to be a mentor for several young persons in my life and sometimes feel very sad about the choices they make, However, overall, any involvement I have had seems to be appreciated, so I just try to do the best I can to guide them to ways that will help them to do what they can to make our world a better place. When I get disappointments and feel sad, I remember the hymn, “Count your blessings.” I feel it has a profound and helpful message and boosts our faith. Your assurances today were helpful. Nothing matters except that anything we do be dedicated to pleasing God and praying that what we do is in accordance with His will. In the Lord’s prayer, I earnestly express the lines,”Thy Kingdom  come. Thy will be done.”  Your devotional today helped me to think more about that. I am sure you have heard the saying,”Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” After reading your devotional, I was thinking. “Thy will be done on earth.”
     — and let it begin with me. Thanks for taking the time and effort to write this devotional. It cheered up my day and made me feel more optimistic about the future. Blessings.

    I read your devotional today. I woke up thinking that “we need to be pleasers of God rather than man.” I often find anxiety captures me when I do all to make others happy. Here’s where I have fallen away from doing God’s will. It is a comfort reading your devotional which helps me understand how to please God.

    Hi Iris,
    I read the devotionals every morning. You are right, it is faith that keeps us going.
    Thank you for writing.


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