The Key to Pleasing God
Today’s Texts: Excerpts from Proverbs 3; Isaiah 26; Psalm 32:8
FOUNDATION – LIFE OF ABRAHAM
Abraham understood that faith is the key to pleasing God (Gen. 15:6). When Abram walked away from the comfort of his home in the urban community of Ur for what God simply described as a, “land that I will show you,” his faith was amply rewarded.
God not only encourages us to use our faith to trust Him, He promises blessing to those who do. When we put our confidence in God, He provides guidance through the twists and turns of life’s journey.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord forever,
For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.
PSALM 32:8, 10-11
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
God promises to keep those who trust Him in a state of “perfect peace”. With confidence in God’s guidance and the realization of His peace in every step along the way, people of faith are able to express genuine joy! Take time to, be glad in the Lord and rejoice; shout for joy . . . for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength!
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth, Rev. McCracken’s presentations have relevance for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Emphasis added.)
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios.
2) Hiking the Israel National Trail along the coast of the Mediterranean between Netanya a Herzliya, Israel. By Diana Barshaw (talk · contribs) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios