Monday, July 10, 2017

Feeling God's Pleasure

Now may the God of peace….equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV)
Run with the wind at your back.

God has a plan for our lives, and he has designed us to fulfill our destiny. We often feel that if we submit to God’s will, he will have us do something we don’t like. God’s plans for us are consistent with how he has created us and the desires he has put in our hearts.

Eric Liddell, the main character in the movie, Chariots of Fire, said to his sister Jenny, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure.”  If God has gifted you with an ability, two things are true.  First, you are good at it.  Second, you enjoy doing it.  Have you heard of the guy who thought he had the gift of teaching, but very few people had the corresponding gift of listening? If you have a gift, people will take notice.  At times God does place us in short-term tasks that we may not enjoy or feel competent in doing.  These times are to teach us things to develop our character.  Long-term, God is not into putting square pegs into round holes.

Has God placed things in your heart that are lying dormant?  One mistake that people make is that they wait for the big opportunity and miss the small ones all around them.  Step out by faith and if God is in it, you will have the wind at your back and feel God’s pleasure.

Image used with permission by Microsoft.

Ken Barnes the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places”  YWAM Publishing

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