Day 9: What Makes God Smile?

The smile of God is the goal of your life.

The more I get to know God, the more I want to please Him.  His kind and gentle ways make it a pleasure to serve Him so I was looking forward to hearing what The Purpose Driven Life had to say about it.

I was astonished to realise that despite my flaws and shortcomings, God smiles down at me. What a beautiful thought!

The chapter uses Noah as an example of a man who pleased God. He was the ONLY one who loved God and on God’s request, he spent 120 years building an ark in the middle of dry land when he had no idea what rain was because it had never rained. He was incredible!

These are the keys TPDL sites as being important in pleasing God: we need to love Him supremely, trust Him completely, obey Him wholeheartedly, thank Him continually and use our abilities.

Obey Him wholeheartedly – this struck a chord with me. Here’s a section of what the book said about obedience:

Saving the animal population from a worldwide flood required great attention to logistics and details. Everything had to be done just as God prescribed it. God didn’t say, “Build any old boat you’d like, Noah.” He gave very detailed instructions as to the size, shape and materials of the ark as well as the different numbers of animals to be brought on board. The Bible tells us Noah’s response: “So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.”

Notice that Noah obeyed completely (no instruction was overlooked), and he obeyed exactly (in the way and time God wanted it done). That is wholeheartedness. It is no wonder God smiled on Noah.

If God asked you to build a giant boat, don’t you think you might have a few questions, objections, or reservations? Noah didn’t. He obeyed God wholeheartedly. That means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don’t procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.

Any act of obedience is also an act of worship.

It was really good to read that. Sometimes I wonder if God really wants me to do what I think He does in the moment. Maybe it was my own mind talking? Sometimes I wonder if I use it as a bit of an excuse though…

Since God always knows what is best, in what area of my life do I need to trust Him most?

PS – There have been some incredible discoveries… has the work of Noah’s hands survived right up until now? Take a look at these amazing photos of the ark.

PLEASE NOTE: Quotations in this and other posts relating to The Purpose Driven Life (usually entitled Day:?) are sourced from The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren unless otherwise stated. This is an independant study and is based on my opinion and experience only. Copies of The Purpose Driven Life book are available for purchase from all good christian books stores, including Koorong. The first seven chapters of the book can be downloaded FREE from Rick Warren’s official site here.

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