Pleasing The Lord

Eph 5:10 ESV – and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

KJV – Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

NKJV – finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

NLT – Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord

NIV – and find out what pleases the Lord.

NASB – trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

 Paul tells us in this verse that we are to spend time trying to learn something; spend time trying to discern something.

We are to discover what it is that pleases the Lord.

Do you know what that is?

Surely you have at least an inkling of an idea. Surely you have discovered some things in your walk with the Lord that are pleasing to Him.

We know that it is to the one who is humble and contrite in spirit and who trembles at His word that the Lord looks (Isa. 66:2). Those things are pleasing to God: humility, contriteness, and respect for His Word.

We also know that the one who can stand in the Holy Place with the Lord must have clean hands and a pure heart (Ps. 24:4). 

So…why does Paul urge us to “try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord”?

Within the context of this exhortation, he has been talking about everyday life as it was for the Ephesians. The Ephesian believers were to live a life different from that to which they had been accustomed. They are now living a new life, a life completely foreign to their experience.

Whereas once it was expected to go into a prostitute to worship their god, now that is not to occur.

Fortunately, we don’t have that particular habit to overcome. However, the same principle applies. We have come to the Lord from various backgrounds and experiences. Many of us have recently made a newer, firmer, deeper commitment to walk more closely with Him.

In that place we are still learning what it means to please the Lord. Actually, we should ever be learning this.

Please allow me a weak, but hopefully effective, illustration: we tend to think it is cute when a baby goes streaking across the room in nothing but its birthday suit. It is not cute when that is done by a 40-year-old.

I think that the Lord views us much the same way. There are some things we did in our early days of service that He may have thought sort of “cute,” but now that we have been around awhile, they are not so cute–not pleasing.

The point is–we are ever growing, ever learning, ever maturing.

Never stop trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Make it your ambition to always be found pleasing in His sight.

May He then say to you: This is my beloved one in whom I am well-pleased.

NOTE: This is the fifth in a weekly posting on the Epistle to the Ephesians. I am not the only one who is writing on this book. There are others who will be posting something on their blog each day of the week. We are each bringing something that the Lord gives us from chapter five of the epistle. You will be greatly blessed and encouraged, and your heart will be filled if you will take the time to read each day’s posting from one of the other saints involved in this collective effort. Put the following link in your “favorites” or on your link bar at the top of your browser: http://www.philter48.com/bbs/ and make it a point to visit everyday.

Bible Study Lesson 6

We are learning how to use the Blue Letter Bible, an online, interactive, and very powerful study tool. If you are just joining us, place the link for the BLB in your favorites or on your desktop. You do not need to download anything. And welcome to the study. You may want to subscribe to this blog in order to keep up with the lessons. You may do so by signing up with the Free Subscription on the right-hand side of this blog. However, all lessons will be archived under the category titled Bible Study Methods. You can go there at any time and get a lesson to review or to catch up.

The more I use this tool, the more I realize how powerful it is. The BLB is a benefit for the casual student and for the one who wants to go into the deepest depths of study of God’s Word possible without actually learning the original languages. Today, just before I began this post, I learned something else about its power. I can quickly discover how many times a particular Greek or Hebrew word is used; or I can just as quickly learn how many times a particular English word is used. I can also find out how many different ways a particular original language word is translated. This is a powerful resource, and will be a great benefit. I will explain how to use this for your study in a future lesson.

We are now learning how to use the BLB as we look into what it means to be pleasing to the Lord, or how to please God. Our main text, or launching place is Hebrews 11:6 where we are told that without faith it is impossible to please God.  Bring that verse up in your window now. For information on how to do this, go to Lesson 1. Our search through the scriptures for the time being are launched from this verse and the keys associated with it in the BLB.

In our last lesson, we looked at how to access the information from Vine’s Expository Dictionary using the Strong’s numbering system. There were many verses with differing nuances of meaning that were listed just for the Strong’s word #2100. If you have just joined us, then you should go back to the last lesson by clicking on the link at the beginning of this paragraph and follow the few steps covered in that lesson.

You should now be gaining insight not only on how to use the BLB, but also on what it means to please God. So, let’s continue with learning other aspects of the BLB. You should have Hebrews 11:6 in your main window of the BLB.

Look at the blue keys to the left of the verse. We have already delved into the “C” and the “V” keys. Now click on the “D” key next to the verse. That should bring up a small window labeled “Available Dictionary Aids for Hebrews 11:6.” Beneath that blue bar is a box labeled “Choose Dictionary Topic for Hbr 11:6 – Then Click “Go” .” Next to that box is a drop-down arrow. Click on that.

That gives you plenty of resources to continue your study on what it means to please God. One of the most outstanding and often used resources is the Nave’s Topical Bible, which is listed here with various topics around the idea of pleasing God. Click on one of the topics listed such as “Desire – Spiritual.” Then clck “Go.”

Again you will see why it is important ot have your notebook with you, for nothing but scripture addresses is given–and there are many! However, each address is “hot” and can be clicked to take you directly to that verse. However, each verse will open up in that window, so that you will have to click your back button on the browser to return to the list of verses.

If you are preparing a lesson on some aspect of pleasing the Lord, then there is the tremendously useful tool of Torrey’s Topical Textbook that is also listed as a resource under the available dictionary aids. Since we are studying Hebrews 11:6 which teaches us that faith is necessary in order to please God, lets look at how Torrey presents that to us.

As you scroll down through the available dictionary aids, you will find Torrey’s Topical Textbook at the bottom. Underneath that you will see “Faith – Impossible to Please God Without.” Select that and choose “Go.” You will notice that you are given a basic outline of what the Bible teaches concerning this vast subject.

 If you are following along on this study, you have enough in front of you now to keep you busy for quite some time. Enjoy, and share with us the fruits of your study.

NOTE: As we progress, you may have a question about something that we have covered. Be sure to use the comments section for all comments and questions. Also, read the comments section, because someone may ask or say something that will benefit you as you go through this study. Thanks