“Figure out what will please God, then do it.” Ephesians 5:10 (Msg)
First, let’s go back and take a look at history.
In the day’s of Noah, the world was spiritually bankrupt, but Genesis 6:8 says
“Noah was a pleasure to the Lord.”
Somehow through all the mess going on in the world, God saw Noah, and Noah made God smile.
So, let’s take a look at what Noah did to make God smile.
First, God smiles when we love him supremely
Noah, loved God, even when nobody else in the world did. Noah had a relationship with God. God made Noah to love him, and Noah loved God back.
When we realize that God created man to love him, man can love God back for creating him.
Second, God smiles when we trust him completely
Hebrews 11:7 (Msg) says, “By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told…As a result, Noah became intimate with God.”
Noah trusted God enough to build an ark in the middle of nowhere, because the closest body of water was hundreds of miles away, and it took Noah 120 years to do it. Now-a-days, people have a hard time trusting God 120 days before frustration, a lack of patience, and doubt kick-in, and we give up.
Third, God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly
The Bible also let’s us know that Noah paid close attention to what God told him, how-to, and when to get things done.
“So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Hebrews 11:7b (NCV)
Noah did what God told him, wholeheartedly. This means Noah did whatever God said, without hesitation, and without an explanation from God as to why.
We as parents know that “delayed obedience is actually an act of disobedience.” But did you know that being obedient to God will teach you more than what you would learn in a lifetime of Bible discussions.
Understanding what God want’s you to do, and why he want’s you to do it can wait…but when God says do it, just do it.
Fourth, God smiles when we praise and thank him continually
When we express gratitude, things happen. Here’s what I mean.
Genesis 2:20 says, “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord…and sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”
But, since Jesus died on the cross, we are told to offer God,
“…the sacrifice of praise” Hebrews 13:15 (KJV) and “the sacrifice of thanksgiving.” Psalms 116:17 (KJV)
When we do this, we experience joy two ways.
- We enjoy what God has done for us
- When we express that enjoyment to God,it brings him, but it also increase our joy.
Fifth, God smiles when we use our abilities
Everything you do can be done for God’s glory, if you do it with an attitude of praise. Here’s what I mean.
Anytime your parents, family, friends, etc., watch you use your talents and abilities, it brings them. Well, the same is true with God. You bring so much pleasure and joy to God when He watches you use the talents and abilities he has blessed you with.
“I do not believe God made any nonspiritual abilities, but man has managed to misuse the abilities God has given.“
God looks at the attitude of your heart when you’re doing anything. He want’s to know if what you’re doing, your heart has a desire to bring joy to God.
When your focus changes from
“how much pleasure am I getting our of life” to “how much pleasure is God getting our of my life,”
you make God smile!
Book: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren