The God Who Can Be Deeply Pleased

ThanksLiving: 365 Days of Gratitude

God has more emotion and feeling that we realize. Perhaps he loves the scent of the love that we offer up to him as we would enjoy the aroma of a sumptuous meal prepared in a home where love, affection and kindness reign. Who knows, but it is quite likely that God takes more pleasure in us than we realize.

Going Deep // Focus: Leviticus 3:16

This sacrifice is a special gift of food, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

Were the Old Testament sacrifices to the Lord more for the peoples’ benefit, or did the Lord really need them? When food was offered on the altar to the Lord and it was said to be pleasing to him, was it because he was hungry? Why was the aroma of the sacrifice important to God?

We don’t really know for sure. To be certain, the act of sacrifice, done in God’s way from a heart of love and obedience was indeed good for God’s people—a way to remind them of their gracious God and an act of obedience that built faith in their hearts. And for sure, sacrifice was pleasing to God when it represented a loving and obedient act of faith.

But perhaps there is more. Perhaps this God has more emotion and feeling that we realize. Perhaps he loves the scent of the love that we offer up to him as we would enjoy the aroma of a sumptuous meal prepared in a home where love, affection and kindness reign. Who knows, but it is more likely than it isn’t that God takes more pleasure in us than we realize.

May God give you a heart that gets it—a heart that so desires to please him through the pure offering of your whole life for his pleasure. After all, he truly deserves it!

Going Deeper With God: Make it the chief aim of your life and the sole prayer you offer today is that through your life, what is offered up will be a sweet smelling aroma that is most pleasing to God. In every thought you think, every word you speak, every action you make, every breath you take, ask for the help of the Holy Spirit whether consciously or subconsciously, that you would be a sacrifice that belongs to you and that pleases him. You are my life—enable me to live it to please you. As the sacrifices in the Old Testament belonged to you, may I be that living sacrifice that belongs to you and brings pleasure to your heart.

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