Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt
Psa 9:10 “Those who know your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.”
I know that all of us want to please the Lord. That’s a good thing. When you adapt your heart and mind to do what pleases the Lord, you yourself will be blessed. Your blessing will even spill over and touch those around you. That’s one reason God wants you to do what pleases Him. It’s not for Him. He has everything. He needs nothing. He loves us and what He wants for all mankind is to be blessed. Do what He says and you and others around you will experience blessing!
In our wanting to please God, we must always remember that the first step to pleasing God is having faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Faith and trust in God is what pleases Him. He is worthy of our complete trust.
It’s also imperative to know what displeases God. Do you know what displeases Him? It is allowing yourself to become hopeless. Discouragement is a warning sign. It’s like the symptoms you feel before sickness hits. They warn you that your body is under attack and that you need to resist it. When discouragement comes, it’s time to encourage your heart in the Lord. If not it could grow to hopelessness and that is displeasing to God.
In Jeremiah 18:12, the Lord is not pleased with His people. He is not pleased because they have stopped trusting Him. Little by little they drifted from Him. Some stopped paying attention to His ways and drifted over to other gods because He was not moving fast enough and in the way they wanted. Others stopped thinking about any god whatsoever. They ended up leaning on themselves for their own wisdom in everything.
In Jeremiah 18:12 (TLB) we can listen in on what the Lord says to them. He is repeating their own words. The Lord is speaking to His people echoing what is coming from their hearts and mouths. He says they are saying “Don’t waste your breath. This is hopeless. We have no intention whatever of doing what God says. We will continue to live as we want to, free from any restraint, full of stubbornness and wickedness!”
All of us come up against tough situations at some time or another. Many of us have been in tough situations for a long time. It’s easy to get discouraged at times like that. But hopelessness has to be resisted. We have to believe God to show us a way – to make a way. No one that has faith in God’s Word and truly seeks Him becomes hopeless. To a person who lives by faith and truly seeks God, God does not live in the shadows. He is not hidden. He is not far away. God reveals Himself to a seeker. He reveals Himself through His Word, through a Pastor, through prayer, through answer to prayer, and through other seekers of God. He reveals himself to the one who lives by faith and who is a seeker of God.
When a person becomes hopeless, he has drifted from God. He has drifted from seeking God. He has drifted from searching, meditating on and having faith in the promises of God. I don’t care how big the problem is and how difficult a situation may seem, to the seeker of God by faith, God is near and no situation is hopeless.
The reason hopelessness displeases God so much is that when it is dealt with, it always lead to deception and leads some away from God. When a person thinks their problem is bigger than God can handle or solve, they are caught up in spiritual pride and selfishness. Your problems are small fries for God. If you think He is too slow or doesn’t care, you just don’t know Him well enough to know what a lie that is. You don’t know Him well enough to know that His love for you was powerful enough for Him to give His only begotten Son Jesus to die for you.
Draw near to God today. Cry to Him from your heart. But then ask Him to lead you through His Word to speak to your heart. Ask Him to send those that know Him to speak into your life. Don’t forsake the process of seeking Him. It’s not something you can delegate. As James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” He is our blessed hope in all things! As today’s Fresh Manna says, “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Faith pleases God.
Hopelessness leads to deception and displeases God. You choose.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt