The answer is so simple. I was created for God’s pleasure. All things were created for His pleasure.
Rev 4 : 11 (KJV)
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
So, the next question I must ask myself is am I bringing him pleasure? What in my life pleases Him? What do I have in my life that doesn’t please Him? Are there things I should let go? Are there new things I should embrace? There are many questions worth asking.
When I feel the gentle hand of the Lord steering me away from something, shouldn’t I yield to His direction before His gentle touch becomes a firm hand of chastisement? Becoming a born-again, saved, washed in the blood Christian does not make me above reproach. I need a Saviour because I am a sinner. Even in a saved state, I can be thick-headed and immature, requiring the rod instead of the gentle hand to set me back on the path from whence I strayed. It really is my choice. I can choose to listen when the still small voice warns me, or I can wait until He takes out the rod. One way or another, He is going to get my attention, so I might as well yield sooner rather than later. Are you listening to the still small voice? Are you allowing the gentle hand to guide you, or are you like me and sometimes require full out chastisement to get you back where you need to be?
Heb 12 : 5-11 (KJV)
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
I want my life to bring pleasure to the Lord, and I want my actions to be a reflection of Him. I pray that both you and I will bring forth good fruit and that our actions will bring pleasure to the Lord God.
Please share your thoughts on pleasing the Lord and chastisement in the comments.
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Elle E. Kay asks “Why was I created?”
I pray that I show HIs love and glory in all I say and do.
An excellent insight, Elle.