Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How Do You Please God?

Answer this question: Is God satisfied with your life?  Take a minute to think about that.  There are many who feel that charity and good deeds is what makes God pleased with their lives. This is not  not totally off track, however this in itself does not please God.  Enoch seemed to simply this very complex question.  How can I know if my life is pleasing to God.  Hebrews 11:5 says that

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”;[fn] for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  

Genesis 5:24 says,  And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Hebrews 11:6 also says without Faith it is impossible to please God, for we first must believe that He is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. 

There is not many details in the bible about Enoch's life. However his testimony of pleasing God landed him in the Hall of faith in the book of Hebrews. His faith walk was so strong that Moses could not ignore it in the genealogy of Adam in the old testament.  What makes Enoch's story so alluring and mystical is that in both accounts the bible says that God "took" Him.  Meaning Enoch got an early rapture out of here that's how well He had mastered pleasing God.   Rev. 4;11 gives us a glimpse into why God was so pleased with Enoch.  It's Says;

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (KJV)

The second half of that scripture sums up the reason for our existence! God created all things, and for His pleasure.  Pleasure meaning.. fellowship or company and will.   We were created to do the will of God, and share in His inheritance.  In Rev 4:11  these 24  elders where casting their own crowns at the feet of God's throne. Which shows us the relationship is not one sided. We will be handsomely rewarded. They had crowns of victory and of overcoming for Christ, and they willing gave God all the glory and credit for their victories.  It pleases God to bless us, but our will must come subject to  His.     

 Many of us have it backwards, we seem to forget that we are not here to just work, find a spouse, have kids, pursue riches and die.  We are not here for our own agenda. But to fulfill God's agenda.  Enoch walked with God. And in walking with God He understood God's heart and will. He was in agreement with God.  Many of us don't even consult God about our day. We move throughout life as if everything is about us and what we want to do. We don't ask God anything. We live to ourselves and for our own happiness.  We tend to leave God out, and when we hit a bump in the road, or see something  we want we ask God to agree with us!  

 This is  not the plan of God for man. When we live this way our life is not pleasing to God.  Matthew 6;33 tells us to seek God first, and everything you need and desire will be fulfilled.   Enoch had this down to a science and he fulfilled the purpose of God.   His entire body and soul was taken up. Enoch had completed His assignment, and God was  well pleased!