In Ephesians 5:10 Paul exhorts us to “try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord” (ESV).
This verse is rendered different ways in our English translations of the Bible:
And find out what pleases the Lord… (NIV)
Proving what is well-pleasing to the Lord (ASV)
…trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. (NASB)
…finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. (NKJV)
The NRSV recasts the verse as a command:
Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. (NRSV)
The word for discern is a word that means “to prove, to find out or to test.” The word for pleasing means “acceptable or satisfying.” We are to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. In other words, we are to prove or seek out what is acceptable or satisfying to the Lord.
Trying to discern what is pleasing to the Lord is a primary pursuit for those who would follow Christ. If we know what pleases God, from the light and testimony of His Word, we will have a strong foundation for our lives. We will have a right focus that will keep us centered and on the right path. If we learn what is pleasing to God, we will find ultimate pleasure and purpose for ourselves. We were made for God. We were made to please Him.
So ask yourself:
What is it that pleases God?
What is it that brings Him delight?
In a recent Bible Study, I sought to provide some answers to these questions: 12 things that God delights in, according to His Word. The list is not exhaustive, but it highlights from the Bible what God has revealed about what gives Him pleasure and joy.
You can read / download the study here:
Find Out What Is Pleasing to the Lord
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