Pleasing God

Today’s Scripture: Ps 104:34 – “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”
An elderly man was traveling with a boy and a donkey. The man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. In one village the townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding, so to please them he climbed up on the animal’s back. The people of the next village chastised the old man for making the child walk, So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal’s back and continued on his way. In the third village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk, and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again. In the fourth village, the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road.
When we try to please everyone, we find ourselves frustrated, disappointed and irritated that we let others control us. The safest thing to do is to work at pleasing God. The Bible records offers occasions in which God was pleased.  Jesus said, “. . . I always do the things that are pleasing to Him” (Jn. 8:29). The apostle Paul states, “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him” (2 Cor. 5:9).
 
What good news. What a marvelous ambition it is to be pleasing to God. When we try to please everyone, we will never succeed. When we seek to please God, we always succeed.
 
Song: Unto Thee Oh Lord
 
Father God, we endeavor to please you and sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t. But help us to make pleasing you our ambition. In Jesus’ name. Amen
 
Dennis Russell, Santa Maria, CA
dennislrussell@comcast.net