“My greatest delight is to make Him smile and my greatest fear is to make Him frown.”
I’ve been “churched” from the time I was born. My family attended every service offered on the weekends and during the week. We participated in every activity and volunteered whenever there was a need. I learned the books of the Bible and the names of the disciples. I knew the Sunday School answer to just about every question. I could most definitely talk the talk.
But that’s not enough. It wasn’t then and it isn’t now. So when I first heard the above quote when I was a teenager, it stuck with me. Because delighting in God has nothing to do with Bible trivia or service hours. Wanting to live a life that pleases Him goes much deeper than a rule book. It has everything to do with knowing Him and loving Him.
It wasn’t long after being challenged by this quote that I started praying a very short but specific prayer. It was this: “Lord, help me love You.”
My life has changed a lot since then, but this desire has not. As I have aged and matured, I have realized just how much I still have to discover about our awesome God. To fully know Him is impossible. Yet I am convinced that the more you know God, the more you love Him. And none of it would even matter or be possible if it wasn’t for the truth that He loved me first.
How well do you know Him?
Love: In a general sense to be pleased with; to regard with affection on account of some qualities which excite pleasing sensation or desire of gratification…The love of God is the first duty of man, and this springs from just views of his attributes or excellencies of character, which afford the highest delight to the sanctified heart. Esteem and reverence constitute ingredients in this affection, and a fear of offending him is its inseparable effect.Noah Webster
Monday: But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. – Romans 5:8
Tuesday: My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – 1 Galatians 2:20
Wednesday: But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.. – Psalm 86:15
Thursday: Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. – Deuteronomy 7:9
Friday: We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. – 1 John 4:16
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