“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” — Psalms 147:11
The smile of God is the one of the goals of our lives. And here are the five ways to achieve our goal.
1.God smiles when we love Him supremely.
God wants a relationship between us. God wants to fellowship with us. God made us to love us, and He longs for us to love Him back. He longs for us to know Him and spend time with him. This is why learning to love God and be loved by Him should become the greatest objective of our lives.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. — Matthew 22:37-38 NIV
2. God smiles when we trust him completely.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God” — Hebrews 11:6 KJV.
Trusting is an act of worship. Trusting God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for our lives.
3. God smiles when we obey Him wholeheartedly.
That means doing whatever God asks without hesitation or reservation. We DON’T procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.”
Delayed obedience is disobedience.
Wholehearted obedience is done joyfully, with enthusiasm. Obedience is also an act of worship.
Why is obedience so pleasing to God? Because it proves you really love Him.
4. God smiles when we praise and thank Him continually.
An amazing thing happens when we offer praise and thanksgiving to God. When we give God enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy.
5. God smiles when we use our abilities.
God enjoys watching every details of our lives. We may feel that the only time God is pleased with us is when we are doing “spiritual” activities — like reading the Bible, attending church, praying , or sharing your faith. And we may think that God is unconcerned about other parts of our lives. Actually, God enjoys watching every detail on our lives, whether we are working, playing, resting, or eating!
Every human activity, except sin, can be done for God’s pleasure if we do it with an attitude of praise.
(Special thanks to Pastor Rick Warren for his insights on this post. God bless!)