Do you find God easy to please? If not, why? Our God is oh so easy to please once we get to really know Him.
Colossians 1:10 is a prayer that Paul prayed for the church:
“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”
What was the this that Paul prayed? He prayed that they would be filled with knowledge of God’s will through spiritual wisdom and understanding.
The only things keeping you from pleasing God are not being filled with the knowledge of His will and having true spiritual wisdom and understanding. It is only when you don’t know God’s will and are spiritually ignorant lacking wisdom and understanding that you think of God has hard to please.
Jesus promised that His burden is easy and His yoke is light (Matthew 11:30). It truly is.
So why do so many live lives that are unpleasing to God? It is because they don’t know how easy God is to please and how wonderful they feel when they please Him. They think of God as a life-spoiler—One Who waits to take all the fun out of life. They are so hypnotized by the lie that spiritual life is boring that they go looking to the world to give them thrills beyond what they believe God is capable of giving. What they miss out on in their pursuit of pleasure is the pure spiritual wisdom and understanding of knowing and doing God’s will that is present in each square inch of the universe.
God gets a reputation that He is hard to please in our childhood when we are learning obedience and its consequences. If we never make the connection between our caregivers’ love for us and their discipline, we think of them as just hard to please and their purpose is just to spoil our fun. When our mom yells at us because she is frustrated and tired and doesn’t discipline us in love and grief, we get the wrong impression about God. This impression stays deep in our spirit and we close ourselves to God’s discipline that is always in love (Hebrews 12:6).
Following God’s Word and turning away from sin, opens us to knowing His will and having the spiritual wisdom and understanding that shows us that He is indeed easy to please. He made us to please Himself. He is most pleased when we acknowledge His presence and purpose in our lives. It grieves Him when we try to siphon from this world what only He can give us. He wants us to know that we can please Him in every way. He even gives us the power through the Holy Spirit to overcome sin so that we can please Him.
Walk through this day thinking of pleasing God in every way. See His broad smile and twinkling eyes as He watches you grow in spiritual wisdom and understanding simply by focusing your mind on pleasing Him.