Discovering God’s Pleasures

“…And find out what pleases the Lord” (Eph. 5:10, NIV).

This verse strikes me as a magnificent description of the journey of discovery we experience in our relationship with the Father. It’s precisely the same principle as what you find in any intimate human relationship. Just think about the closest friendship that you have. When you really love someone and enjoy their companionship, you love to see them happy, right? As life goes on, you “find out what pleases” them.

As you accumulate a repertoire of shared life experiences, you learn more and more about that person. From observation, you come to know what foods they particularly enjoy, and which ones they have an aversion for. You become familiar with what genres of music bring them joy, and which ones they would prefer to avoid. You memorize their pet peeves and try hard to steer clear of them. You know what will make them smile. You know exactly what topics of conversation they will find engaging. You learn how to make them laugh.

In short, you become Continue reading Discovering God’s Pleasures