Religion of Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Source: Richard Obeng Mensa
When a man’s way please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him – Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV).
One of the amazing things on earth is the way of a man with a young unmarried woman (virgin). It is wonderful because this man will always do his best to please this woman in all his ways. If the man is a genuine person, he will seek to know more and more about the woman. Besides, he will do his best to please the woman in his communication with her, appearance and attitude towards issues of life. However, for them to have a fruitful relationship and marriage life, both the man and the woman must have one sense of purpose and seek the best interest of each other.
Every real husband knows how to please his wife to win her favour, especially when night approaches. Likewise, there are certain things that please God and win His favour. To win God’s favour constantly, Jesus sought to “do always those things that please Him” – John 8:29. Jesus thus eschewed sin and resolved to always live a holy life. Besides, he absolutely depended on God in all situations by seeking His opinion. He neither bothered about people’s testimony about him nor committed himself to them because he knew human beings. Jesus also set his heart to accomplish his divine mandate, no matter the costs. No wonder he is the greatest man in history.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” – Hebrews 11:6. God’s greatest problem with mankind is unbelief! True. It deeply hurts God when a person does not accept His personality, character and Word (authority and power). God is most pleased when we meaningfully believe that He is the way, the truth and the life, and that without Him we can do nothing! The reason why so many people are struggling in life is because they are trying to attain certain results without depending on God. They thus use worldly ways to achieve a particular satisfaction. But real satisfaction can only be found in things that are based on God’s Word.
Pleasing God requires the need to seek Him diligently. “Diligence”, it is said, is “(a person’s) precious possession”. Diligence is more than hard-work. It has rightly been defined as the persistent and hard-working effort in doing something. God rewards diligence seeking, not hard-work. It is therefore no surprising that many hard-working people have nothing to show. Such people usually doubt God’s faithfulness to His Word because they think they have done their best. But consistency (faithfulness) is more important to God than doing your best. Our faithfulness is usually tested in periods of uncertainty; bareness, destituteness or unfruitfulness; undue delay; inadequacy or insufficiency, fruitfulness or sufficiency; intense contentions, afflictions, persecutions, opposition or reproaches; trials of mocking and scourging; being in chains or imprisonment; and torments and wickedness. Are you passing your faithfulness test(s)?
Richard Obeng Mensah, author of If You Think of Your Opposition You Lose Your Position. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: www.richard-obeng-mensah.blogspot.com