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Impossible to Please

My daughter was pouting. I had added to our daily list of things to do. She felt I had gone too far this time, but, honestly, I hadn't. "Something else? We already have so much to do! Aren't we ever done?" This tired cry sounded so familiar to me.

I've been doing Kay Arthur's Bible study, Lord, I Need Grace to Make It, and I do need grace to make it!!! My daughter's whimper reminded me of a letter Ms. Arthur included in her study ...

My dear Father, thank you for showing me the wrong course I was taking. I had put myself under the Law and I was living each day under bondage, trying to reach some impossible, unattainable perfection or spiritual accomplishment. I was seeking to please you with my works rather than by faith. I was miserable because I saw I constantly failed, fell short, didn't measure up. I felt You not as a loving Father, not as a kind, caring Savior, not as my Beloved, but as one impossible to please, and yet I wore myself out trying to please you, trying to earn or keep or regain your approval.

I knew exactly how my daughter felt because I, too, sometimes felt as though I could never please others, including God. I would place the weight of it all on my own shoulders and couldn't imagine going on. How do we reach a goal or, even just accomplish a simple task, which seems impossible to attain? Charles Spurgeon answers this so well in All of Grace: The Infinite Love of God ...

When the Lord makes a new man of him, then all things bear a different mark. So great is this change that I once heard a convert say, "Either all the world is changed, or else I am." The new nature follows after right as naturally as the old nature wanders after wrong. What a blessing to receive such a nature! Only the Holy Spirit can give it.

In her own mind, my daughter couldn't imagine adding another thing to her day. She had to trust me that the addition was possible and good. We were able to add the chore to our day. The first few days were disrupted a bit, some whines rang out, I even doubted myself (I could have done it myself but then what good would that have done my children?). Last week my children reminded me two times that we had to get that chore done. *grin*

When we find ourselves fretting over what seems impossible, we must put our trust in God. What seems impossible to us is possible to God. The writer of the letter in Kay Arthur's Bible study shares how he was helped ...

I began by your Spirit... when you pick me up and brought me to salvation, not through anything I had done, or even any desire or seeking on my part to know You. You chose me, drew me to yourself, showed me your love. ... When I was under the Law I was powerless and ineffective as a witness. I kept thinking, "Why would anyone want this?" Anyone looking at me would not want what I had. I was miserable. But now! Now the love of Jesus can flow through me once again and I can walk in confidence rather than fear.

Kay Arthur puts it succinctly later in this Bible study ...

Through the obedience of faith, we lay hold of the grace of God, believing God and walking in obedience to Him, no matter what.

God is not impossible to please because He makes the way for us to please Him!

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; - Titus 2:11-12

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. - Hebrews 10:22

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. - Matthew 19:26

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. - Ezekiel 36:26-27

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. - Romans 3:20

September 7, 1999
1999 by Kathy Ridpath
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by Charles Spurgeon
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