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Scripture: Acts 9:39
So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.
Insights: Look at the fashion show that is happening in this upper room for Peter. The widows with whom Tabitha had invested her life are showing off all of her tunics and garments. They have been blessed by her intense love for them and the Lord. It is my opinion the Lord is pleased as He watches these events unfold. Many people have this wrong image of the Father. They think He is a tyrant in heaven looking to punish His children when they mess up and it is true He disciplines those whom He loves. At the same time, however, I believe He takes great pleasure and joy in catching His children doing right as well. I believe every time we walk obediently to His promptings He smiles with joy and in this scene of the widows I believe God is just bursting forth with fatherly exuberance over His daughter. Beloved, the Lord has equipped us all in different ways. He has done this to make the church whole and complete. The gift is His Holy Spirit and He manifests Himself in your life in different ways. It is His desire you use this gifting to help build up the body of Christ and to disciple lost individuals into the path of righteousness. When we are serving in this kind of capacity, God is pleased. Now, please understand one last thought. Our lives do bring God pleasure, but He is not dependent on us for Him to have pleasure. In other words, God is completely self-sufficient in and of Himself. He does not need us for personal joy and pleasure. He does, however, receive pleasure when we are walking in obedience with Him. Let us strive, Beloved, to pursue God with all we are for His glory.
1. Have you ever thought about the fact the Lord receives pleasure from the work of His children?
2. What work are you presently doing that brings the Lord pleasure and glory?
Prayer: Father, it is my hope that my life and work bring You pleasure. I desire nothing more than to honor You and bring You glory as I point people to You. Amen.
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