Made For God
We humans naturally believe that God created us for our own pleasure and our own will. It comes naturally for us to strive to have our own way in everything. Even when we compromise with others in permitting them a little of their will it is for our own purposes. We compromise with others to get more of our own will. In seeking always our own will we are at cross-purposes with God. We are enemies of God. We are stealing something that belongs to Him. God created us for Himself and His pleasure.
Colossians 1:16: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Revelation 4:11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Even if we understand what God made us for, our natural thought might be that God must be very selfish. God*s will is more unselfish than we can imagine. The truth is that we have the greatest pleasure when we are pleasing God. That characteristic of people is also reflected in that we are far happier when we please our earthly fathers. A very wise child counselor once asked: What does a child want most? After a number of people came up with a few ideas about what that might be, he stated that The thing a child wants most is to please his father. A child who has pleased his father will live a well-adjusted and productive life. A child who does not please his father or has a father that cannot be pleased will have a lot of problems. A father who has been pleased with a child but does not communicate that truth to the child will cause the child to live a poorly adjusted life. These same truths apply to mothers. God*s parenthood of His children includes the attributes of both earthly fathers and mothers and goes above and beyond either or both.
We need to please God. We need that for ourselves. We will have a far more satisfying life if we are pleasing Him. We will have far more pleasure if we are pleasing Him. He will provide the pleasure. And we are designed by Him to have more pleasure in ourselves when we are pleasing to Him.
Psalms 16:11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
We can be sure that the phrases in thy presence and at thy right hand mean in His will.
A person who has had good and loving parents will have a far easier time knowing that God is good and loving. A person who has had critical and unloving parents will tend to believe that God is also critical and unloving.
A characteristic of good parents is that they like people who like their children. Have you ever noticed a particularly cute child and commented about it to the mother or father of the child? And then have you noticed how that parent will glow with joy over how you have noticed something good about their child? Are you pleased when others compliment your child? Have you ever noticed how a parent will be angry and confrontational when someone is critical of their child or unkind to their child? God feels that same way about His Only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus. God feels so strongly about His Son that He permits people to get into heaven or lets them go to Hell based on their acceptance or rejection of His Son. When we become children of God, God will also demonstrate powerful loving parental feelings toward us. Much of His treatment of people on earth depends on how they feel about His children and how they treat them. (That includes us if we are Christians.) God longs to be able someday to say to us: Well done, thou good and faithful servant: Matthew 25:21, 23.
We ought to desire to hear that from Him.
There are some glorious promises and advantages to being Made For God. But we can only avail ourselves of those advantages by conforming to His plan for our lives. Those promises and advantages are unavailable outside of God*s will. They mean nothing when we are living according to our own self-centered purposes.