July 15, 2008

Believing God: Pleasing God

I'm a people-pleaser by nature. I've spent countless hours and energy trying to keep everyone happy, often to my own detriment. It's just part of my personality...I can't stand the thought of anyone being upset with me or thinking negatively of me.

Oh, that I would care that much what God thinks of me!

And without faith it is impossible to please God...
~Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

If I want to please Him, I've got to start believing Him. Not just say I believe Him and then act otherwise, but really, truly believe Him. No matter how contrary the circumstances are to what He's spoken. No matter how scared I may be. No matter what others think of me. And not just because it's my calling.

Today, I'm struggling with belief. I know in my heart that I can trust Him, but my human eyes are looking at all the obstacles. Still, I am choosing to believe. I pray He is pleased.

If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.
~Numbers 14:8(NIV)

Lord, I don't want my unbelief to keep me from the Promised Land You have for me. I want to believe. Help my unbelief!


godlover said...

My devotional this morning was: Faith is trusting what the eye can't see. Eyes see the prowling lion. Faith sees Daniel's angel. Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah's rainbow. Eyes see giants. Faith sees Canaan. Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior. Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees his blood. Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of your Father on your face. This was from Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado. I thought it kind of goes with your post and thought I'd share. It's always the little things that we stumble over. The little things that we believe ... or do we? Belief, faith, trust all small words with big meanings.


Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I so needed to read this today. I often struggle with focusing on the obstacles rather than the bigness of my God.

Praying that the obstacles become less obvious for both of us :)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm visiting from Angie's blog. I hope that's OK.

Anyway, tonight I am sitting here in a rare moment of quiet, contemplating my weary. I am struggling with unbelief. Not belief in God, but unbelief in believing that God is going to move on my behalf in a certain matter.

I phase in and out of these thoughts. I don't like them, but when life gets tough and the desert gets hot...well, its sometimes hard to find my footing.

Just knowing that someone else there is sharing a similar struggle brings me comfort somehow.

Love your blog.


His Girl said...

me too, Lord. meeeee toooooo.