“They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.”“–Proverbs 11:20
It should be the desire of every Christian to glorify God and please Him with our lives. In this, as in all things, Jesus sets a perfect example for us to follow. We see an expression of this after Jesus was baptized by John. “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). We see it again on the Mount of Transfiguration when Peter suggested they stay with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah on the mount. “While he [Peter] yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5).
We do not gain favor or merit with God based on our performance— His grace has already “made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6) because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Our standing with Him has been secured by the precious blood of Jesus. Still, it pleases God to see us walking in His ways, just as He was pleased with Jesus who said, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (John 8:29). It should be the desire of every child of God to live in such a way that we bring delight to Him through our actions.
Because we have God’s Word, we can order our lives according to the wisdom of God. As we read it, study it, memorize it and meditate on it, our thoughts and actions are brought into line with God’s thinking. When the Bible is the governing force in our lives, we can be certain that we are pleasing Him.—-Live each day in such a way that your actions are a delight to God.–“Daily in the Word”