6 Ways to Please God
Updated: Nov 13, 2022
WE WALK the earth on troubled waters. So many of our lives show pain. We wonder how dark it will get and how much more we must take.
So we walk by faith and not by sight. ( 2 Cor. 5:7) And as we walk through the storm, we keep our wipers on.
WHEN GOD took his children out of Egypt, he tried to teach them how to trust Him.
They hadn't been around victories very much. So, God took them through many tests to prove their hearts. (Deut. 8:1)
And when Moses passed, God put Joshua in his place. (Deut. 34:9)
JOSHUA understood that they had to pray like everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on them.
So he sent two spies to Jericho. But when they entered the city, people knew they were Jews—and they told on them.
WHILE THEY stayed in the house of Rahab that night, the king sent soldiers to fetch them.
But she already hid the spies before the soldiers came.
And she said to them, "Two men have been to see me. But I didn't take the time to ask them where they came from. All I know is that they got up and left when it was dark outside and the gate was about to close. I don't know where they went from here. If you hurry, you might still catch up to them." (Joshua 2:5)
Take your place
WHILE THE KING was trying to stop something, Rahab was starting something.
She lent a hand to the move of God. She knew God had created a space and needed to take her place.
God is waiting on you to take your place.
Watch what you do
RAHAB aligned herself with the Will of God. She showed them mercy. And blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matt. 5:7)
I know God has given you this land, she said.
Your coming has paralyzed us all with fear. We have heard how God held back the Red Sea so you could escape from Egypt on dry land and how you destroyed the Amorite kings—on the far side of the Jordan. As soon as this news reached us, our hearts melted like wax, and none of us had any courage left. Your God is truly God of the heavens above and the earth below. (Joshua 2:9-11)
She believed their testimony. Then, she latched on in faith as she trusted God to move her forward.
Rahab put her wipers on.
I pray that your trust in God will know no borders
Know where to take your fear
RAHAB took her fear to God.
When you learn to take your fears to the foot of the cross, you are needy of Him.
Everyone in the kingdom understands how needy they are—and totally dependent on grace.
John the Baptist knew where to take his fears. He sent his disciples to confirm if Jesus was the one.
Jesus told them to tell him what they have seen and heard:
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, and those with leprosy are cleansed. The deaf hear. The dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. (Luke 7:22)
My prayer is that your enemies will hear your story and come to your God
Do something with God's testimony
RAHAB put her faith in God.
She welcomed the spies as friends. And as a result, she did not die with those who refused to obey God. (Hebrews 11:31 )
I pray that your enemies will hear your story and come to your God.
RAHAB understood their situation and responded adequately to it. She saw things the way God would see them and interpreted them the way he did.
She trusted God.
I pray that your trust in God will know no borders so you can walk upon the waters.
Believe the promise
IN TURN, they made her a promise.
You had the power to turn us in, but you saved us. So now we will do the same for you. If you promise not to tell anyone what we are doing here, then you have our word: we will treat you with kindness and faithfulness when God gives us the land. (Joshua 2:14)
When your longing to please God becomes your dream, you'll adjust your life accordingly.
She believed in the sacredness of their promise because they were servants of God—and she counted on God that they would keep their word.
Bringing it Together
GOD has created a space. He is waiting on you to take your place.
The fastest way to give God pleasure is to obey Him. The quickest way to have Him rush into your life is to repent.
Give your life to Him!