Pleasing God

 By Octavius Winslow

     It is a universal pleasing of God which the Scriptures of truth prescribe and enforce.  “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10).  But what are some of the footprints of this walk?  How may we trace it?

    Unreserved obedience is an undoubted mark of being well-pleasing to God.  An obedience that asks no abatement of the precept, but that follows the Lord fully in its observance, not from an ­enlightened judgment, but from a heart of love – walking, as did the primitive saints, in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly – is indeed well-­pleasing to God.

    Oh, let there be no reserves in our obedience!  Let us withhold from Christ no part of His purchased inheritance; but surrender all at His feet, whose heart’s blood was the purchase price of all.  “Lord, however strait be the path, and painful the Cross, and self-­denying the precept, sincerely would I walk uprightly in all Your ways, and fully follow You in all Your commands, leaving the consequences of my simple and implicit obedience to Your control.  I can endure the hatred of the world, the aliena­tion of friends, the coldness of rela­tives, and can take the spoiling of my earthly goods joyfully, if You, my Lord, sustain me with Your grace, and cheer me with Your presence, and solace me with Your love.” 

Faith in the Lord and His Supply

    Another footprint may be described in the walk of faith by which the Christian journeys to his heavenly home.  As unbelief is most dishonoring, so faith is most honoring to the Lord Jesus.  What a ­revenue of praise accrues from it to His name!  To go with our anxiety, the moment it occurs, to His sufficiency; with our corruptions, the moment they are discovered, to His grace; with our sorrow, the moment it is felt, to His sympathy; with our wound, the moment it is inflicted to His love; with our guilt the moment it is detected, to His blood.  Oh! do you think not that this walk of faith is most pleasing to the Lord?

    Let us beware of that which impairs the simplicity of this our walk, and causes us to stumble or start aside.  We must be cautious, in the varied circumstances of our history, of applying first to a human arm for support, or to a human bosom for sympathy.  With this, the Lord cannot be well-pleased.  But let us not hesitate to bear them at once to the only appointed Source of all our supply: disclosing our needs to the full Savior, our wanderings to our Heavenly Father, our griefs and burdens to our Elder Brother and Friend; and in thus walking by faith, we shall have the divine assurance in our souls, our rejoicing – the testimony of our conscience that we please the Lord.

    “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen” (Heb. 13:20-21).