Have you become a part of what pleases God?

August 2, 2021

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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At the beginning I announce the end,
proclaim in advance things not yet done;
and I say that my plan will hold,
I will do everything I please to do.
(Isaiah 46:10 (CJB))

If you have followed me for any length of time, you will know that I use many different translations. I do this because the word choices made during translation can give you different insight into what was originally written. This particular translation went back to the original Hebrew texts. In fact, this translation is the English version of the Complete Jewish Bible.

Most of us who are Gentiles are familiar with this passage being translated like the English Standard Version translates it.

declaring the end from the beginning
     and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
     and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
(Isaiah 46:10 (ESV))

Or, like the New International Version translates it.

I make known the end from the beginning,
     from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
     and I will do all that I please.’
(Isaiah 46:10 (NIV))

At first read, they all say the same thing, but I love the clarity of the Complete Jewish Bible translation. It clearly states that God has told us from the very beginning how He would unfold things to the end. It clearly tells us that He will proclaim His plans for the future and that His plans will not change. I especially love the last line of this translation.

I will do everything I please to do.
(Isaiah 46:10d (CJB))

What pleases God?

If you look back to Genesis and all of the times that God looked at His creation and said that it was good, it is no stretch of the imagination to come to the conclusion that His creation pleases God. Since His creation pleases Him, it stands to reason that He has devised a way to restore His creation to Himself. He told us that He would do it. He has told us at many points throughout His plan exactly what He would do, and He has kept every detail of His plan exactly as He foretold that it would transpire. He is working His plan of redemption because it pleases Him to restore us to the original relationship that He intended for us before the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden.

Are you aware of God’s plans as He has proclaimed them? Have you personally become a part of His plans by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? It is as easy as ABC.

A is for admit that you are a sinner in need of a savior.

B is for believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead.

C is for call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.

Have you become a part of what pleases God?

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It takes faith to turn to God and that pleases Him!

November 11, 2020

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
(Hebrews 11:6 (NIV))

I’ve read this particular passage many times and I thought that I understood it, but recently I had an epiphany. I had a new understanding of this passage and I don’t understand why the obvious had not made itself known to me before. It all starts with a fresh understanding of faith.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))

Have you ever seen God? Are you confident that He exists? If you firmly believe that He exists, that is faith. In this physical world, it takes faith to even acknowledge that God exists. If you do not possess faith the size of a mustard seed, then it is impossible for your mind to even conceive of the idea of God. Faith is the key! Without faith, God doesn’t exist in your heart or in your mind. You have made a decision to shun the Creator of all things! That breaks the very heart of God, for He longs to draw each of us closer to Himself. It only takes a little faith to grow the idea that God is real. Once you have the faith to make this proclamation, you have taken the first step in your journey with the Lord. Each step of that journey draws you closer to the Lord and builds a stronger faith. It pleases the Lord when you draw closer to Him. It pleases the Lord as your faith matures.

How do you grow faith?

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
(Romans 10:17 (NKJV))

We must spend time daily in His Word, for His Word is His heart! When we know His Word, we know Him intimately.

Do you possess a faith that seeks intimacy with the Lord?

It takes faith to turn to God and that pleases Him!

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