Read: Ephesians 1:9-14
God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. Ephesians 1:9 NLT
Despite what some people might think, God is not all that concerned about pleasing us. Sure we have every reason to feel pleased when we think about Him and all He has done and is doing for us. But as it turns out God’s plan was never meant to please us or somehow win us over by making us happy. That is actually a really good thing when you think about it. If God’s purpose was to please us, the reality is that He would never be able to do anything for us beyond what would amount to granting the most trivial of “wishes”. What might please one person or group of people, would undoubtedly be a source of displeasure for someone else or some other group of people. As people we are often fickle, disagreeable, and self-serving. Our ideas of things God should do to please us would be limited to our ideas, worldviews, and cultural expectations.
God does have a grand plan that concerns us. His plan has an incredibly positive effect on us and although it is very pleasing to us when we accept it, His plan is meant to please Himself.
So what is it that pleases God? According to today’s text it pleases God to bring absolutely everything under the authority of His son Jesus (v. 10). It is also pleasing to God to have us be united with His Son and have us share in His Son’s inheritance (v. 11). That is pretty great news for us. God’s way of pleasing Himself is to make a plan that ultimately takes care of us in every meaningful way possible both right now in this life and for all eternity.
God’s Plan: To please Himself by providing us with everything we need.
Your Turn: In response to God’s plan and all the amazing ways that His plan has changed our lives for the good, we can please Him in return through our praise and worship (v. 12 & 14). Take time today to celebrate your Heavenly Father today. Declare His greatness and give Him the glory He deserves.
“What pleases God is what’s best for you.”