When I Run, I Feel His Pleasure
When do you feel God’s pleasure? Where do you sense the warm embrace of His delight?
For Chariots of Fire Olympian Eric Liddell, this became an important question. His Gold Medal quest in the 1924 Games provoked critics among fellow Christians who thought his efforts better used in the mission field than in pursuit of Olympic glories. How had he been uniquely created to bring glory to God?
“I believe God made me for a purpose,” Liddell explained to his sister. “But He also made me fast. . .
. . . And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
What about you?
When we struggle, it is often with this very question: What is my purpose? What is my destiny? What is God’s design for my life?
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” declares the psalmist in a moment of exhilaration at being the object of God’s desire. “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts [upon me], O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.”
Or, as Charles Spurgeon declares with equal amazement,
“God thinks upon us infinitely!”
The Father thinks upon you unceasingly – more than the grains of sand on the ocean shore. Such is His delight in you! Like treasure, He holds you within his loving gaze, longing for this day when you can “run” and feel His pleasure. Or sing. Or write. Or love. Or serve. Or do whatever it is that God has created you to do that brings glory and pleasure to Him.
Have you recognized it? Have you experienced that moment when you can say, “THIS is what I was made for. THIS is where I feel my Father’s pleasure!”
The hallmark of His pleasure? Abundant joy and fruitfulness.
“If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit,” says Jesus in John 15. “Apart from me you can do nothing . . .
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”
How do you see the fruitfulness of alignment with God’s creative purpose in your life?
Where have you sensed the pleasure of the Father’s, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Come and share your master’s joy!”