Proverbs 23: King James Bible
A Happy Father – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verses 15-16
15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Happy Father
Should there be any who are not sure about the contents of the Lord’s heart toward us, it would be a great idea to read these verses several times over, and get them into your hearts. Have you ever wanted to cause for the Lord’s heart to rejoice? Well, here’s two ways to do it.
Those two things that promote for us to have a happy Father in the Lord, begin with a wise heart, followed by lips that speak right things. Knowing that the Creator of all the universe and everything in it is also the ultimate Father, these two things make perfect sense.
What father out there isn’t pleased in his heart, when his child has his heart in the right place, and speaks accordingly? This could go for fathers and mothers alike. Who isn’t pleased when their child chooses wisdom over foolishness?
Yet still there are folks out there that insist that the Lord must be punishing them for something all the time, rather than seeking out the things that please him. And there’s also people who try to be obedient to the Lord for self motivated reasons, rather than simply wanting to please the Lord.
None of these things touch on salvation by the way. Having a happy Father in the Lord will only come after salvation, not before. Salvation hinges on what Christ did, us pleasing the Father hinges on the things we do, say, and live. Our overall heart conditioning. But as far as salvation goes, that’s all on Jesus.
The only work that we have to do in order to be saved and received into his kingdom as sons and daughters, is a decision to believe on him. That’s the only thing that Jesus didn’t already take care of for us. Aside from that, it’s all him.
It is from that point of salvation, and the birthing of a new spirit within us, causes for us to be called sons and daughters of God. So when we see any scripture where the Lord is addressing us as sons, we need to look at it from a saved point of view.
The Lord takes pleasure in his children. He doesn’t want to be grieved by our awful decision making that leads us to self abuse. He makes it perfectly clear in his Word, that when we seek out his wisdom, and use the different things that he’s made available to us, he is pleased.
Some people think that being beaten down and taken out to be crucified, is the only way to show the Lord how much they love him. Sometimes, I think that’s because that extreme is easier for some of us to swallow, rather than something as seemingly mundane as a heart full of his wisdom, and the willingness to apply it to our lives.
He doesn’t see things the way we do, and doesn’t react to things the same way we do. He cares about all things, both great and small. To please the Lord, just do what he says. Not necessarily for our own gain, but rather to enjoy the presence of a happy Father.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Luke 10: King James Bible
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Acts 15: King James Bible
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Romans 5: King James Bible
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 8: King James Bible
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
1 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
How often we come to you with our problems, our stresses, our concerns, our cares and worries. Help us to understand how you’ve set everything to work through your Word, and how to cast all of these things unto you, and concentrate on simply pleasing your heart. You tell us that if our heart is wise, and our lips speak right things, you’ll be pleased. Help us to do this Lord, as often as possible. If we are found wanting in wisdom of heart, please do whatever it takes to remedy that. With a willing heart, we seek to please yours. Thank you for all that you’ve done, and all that you are. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
No matter how you look at it, either the Heavenly Father or our earthly dads; isn’t it always better to have a happy father, rather than one who is annoyed?
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