ABC: Delightfully Do

By Chris Baxter

My three previous posts are:
Ask and Accept
Believe and Be Bold
Call on Christ.
Today, it’s Delightfully Do.

Delightfully Do?
In the beginning, God beautifully created the heavens and the earth. He also created Adam and Eve in His image and had a sweet personal relationship with them in the perfect garden called Eden. He told them to enjoy and cultivate the garden, and to eat from any of the trees except for one. Everything was theirs except for this one tree. He said, “You shall not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil or you will surely die.” Sadly, instead of delightfully doing what God decreed, both Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord. Having been tricked by the serpent, they ate from the tree, and as a result, both sin and death entered the world. As a consequence, they were forced to leave the garden, yet not without the loving promise of a future Redeemer. (See Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 3) *Good news, Jesus the Redeemer came to forgive all sins from Adam forward.

Delightfully Do! However, there once was a man named Noah. He loved God, and obeyed Him. Noah was living in a time when the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence… every intent of the thoughts of (mankind’s) heart was only evil continually…And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart…But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God told Noah to build an arc for himself and his family because He was going to send a great flood to blot out the violence of mankind. Noah delightfully and undoubtedly did what God asked him to do, which took much courage. As a result of his active obedience, the arc was built, he and his family entered in, and they and the selected living creatures were safe from the great flood that covered the earth. (See Genesis 6:5-22, 7:15-17). *Good news, just as the arc protected and saved, so does the cross of Christ! Let us enter in.

When looking at these two contrasting stories from Scripture, I have to ask myself, “Do I delightfully do His decrees?” Can I simply trust Him when His commands seem questionable? God said to Adam, “Don’t eat”, because He knew it would bring death. And He said to Noah, “Build a boat”, because He knew it would save his life. God’s words to us are written with the same intent. He loves us and knows what is best for us. He has given us His living word for our protection not our punishment. His ordained boundries are full of eventual blessings.

Choose to delightfully do, my friend, even when it’s hard, or I should say, especially when it’s hard. Remember, He has the best in mind for you. By His empowering Spirit in you, trust and obey.

I will run the way of Your commandments, for You will enlarge my heart. Psalm 119:32

Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24

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Daily Prayer

Our Light has Come!

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:1-3

Dear Lord,

You sent your Son to be the Light of the world. We don't have to walk in darkness, dismay, or doubt. May we use your word as a lamp and your Spirit as our guide to take the next step in our pre-planned-paths. Amen.