I heard a story once about a new pastor coming to a small town. Upon arrival he was warned about a man in the church who was impossible to please. He was told that no matter what he did, he would not make this man happy and that the harder he tried the worse the man would become. This pastor had a very special hunting dog. She was one of a kind and could walk on water. So, the pastor eager to impress this difficult church member decided to invite the man duck hunting. The first bird was shot and fell into the water. The dog walked out on the water, retrieved the bird and dropped it at her master’s feet. This happened several times with no response from the church member. Finally, the pastor asked, “So, what do you think of my dog?” To which the disgruntled man stated, “Not much! That dog can’t even swim!”
I guess we’ve all accepted the fact that there are some in this world who we will never please, no matter what we do and no matter how hard we try. And to be honest there are people that I don’t even want to try and please. I have no desire to please liberals or feminist or those who are evil. But, for the most part I do want people please with me. And sometimes, even though I try hard there are those I love who I don’t always please.
As a child of God I desperately want to please Him. There is a verse in scripture that has been on my heart a lot lately. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Heb 11:6) It’s not that it’s hard to please God without faith, its impossible! Why is my faith weak? He has never forsaken me. He has never failed me. He has never left me. He has never abandoned me. But yet, I worry. I fret. I get anxious. I become troubled. Why? Without faith it is impossible to please God! I am learning as a child that my faith is strengthened by learning more about God. The more I know Him the stronger my faith becomes. Consider what D.L. Moody once said, “I prayed for faith and thought that someday faith would come down and strike me like lightening. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, ‘Now faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.’ I had closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study and faith has been growing ever since.” Oh, that I would dive into the Scripture and grow in faith and knowledge. For in times like these our faith needs to be ever so strong.