“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2.13
I entered Bible College in 1957 and met a lot of new friends. I was challenged by a fellow student to adopt a life verse. So, one day I heard someone quote the verse above, and I thought, “That’s it! That’s my life verse.” I have never forgotten the verse and my commitment to govern my life by it.
The thing that amazes me day after day is that the God of this universe chooses every day to care about MY life. I can’t tell you how many times I have wondered, “Why me, Lord?” I have so little to offer God. The only thing I have to give God is “me.” And yet, I have discovered over and over since that day early in 1957 that every time I allow God to be in control, my life goes so much easier. God actually WANTS to work in me. He can take my nothing and make it into a usable vessel. And that is all God wants, to be able to use me for His glory. I recall the words of Dr. Bob Jones Sr. who said, “The greatest ability is availability.” Are YOU available to God? Have you told Him that?
God wants to do two things through His children: (1) to exercise His will through us, and (2) to do of His good pleasure. I wonder if we can embrace the idea of God doing His pleasure in us? Have you ever thought that you could bring pleasure to God? The only way that can happen in any of us is for us to take our hands completely off our lives and give God total control. That is not a once-for-all decision. It requires of us that we do it every day. That may seem monotonous to you, but it is very pleasing to God. Go ahead! Try it! I think you will like it! Just my thoughts …