Ch. 9: What Makes God Smile?

It’s been a while since the last post. There has been many conversations that triggered me to read this book. But I guess today’s situation really got me thinking.

Today I was asked by a little girl indirectly (she didn’t ask me, she asked someone else) if “I knew God”. The person who answered on my behalf replied and said “Yes”.

But it got me thinking, what if i said no? And sure she’s a child, but knowing about Him doesn’t mean very much does it? Yes I know him, but it doesn’t mean I believe. Or as my witty uncle tells me “I know him, but he doesn’t know me”.

  • “The smile of God is the goal of your life.”
    • But what if being in that surrounding, and trying to make God smile makes you miserable? Is God’s smile more important than your own sanity?
  • “In Noah’s day, the entire world had become morally bankrupt. Everyone lived for their own pleasure, not God’s. God couldn’t find anyone on earth interested in pleasing him, so he was grieved and regretted making man. God became so disgusted with the human race that he considered wiping it out. But there was one man who made God smile.”
    • I stand by my word that God is sometimes like a popular teenage kid, or abuse parent that demands “my way or the highway”. That’s kind of like saying. I gave birth to my kid and my kid is destructive, manipulative, and psychotic so I’m going to kill him. What?
  • “God smiles when we love him supremely”
  • He longs for you to know him and spend time with him. This is why learning to love God and be loved by him should be the greatest objective of your life. Nothing else comes close in importance”
    • I just remembered one of the issues I have with religion as a whole. It’s that, because God should be your one and only goal. No one gives themselves credit for the things they do. Everything is because “they listened to go” and not because I got the power to overcome these issues because I’m a strong person. Just because you are loved by God doesn’t mean you automatically have everything you need to succeed in life. To rely on God’s love only to determine importance in your life causes people to forget about their own power and independence.
  • “God smiles when we trust him completely”
  • The second reason Noah pleased God was that he trusted God, even when it didn’t make sense.”
    • My question here is, when it comes to any average person on the street it’s hard to trust someone when they don’t make sense. Even with our parents, it’s hard to trust someone when they don’t completely makes sense. So what makes God so special that we should trust him completely? So that he can bring us to heaven? I’ve never made a decision without considering for myself if it makes sense. I can’t just blindly follow.
  • Imagine this scene: One day God comes to Noah and says, “I’m disappointed in human beings. In the entire world, no one but you thinks about me. But Noah, when I look at you, I start smiling. I’m pleased with your life, so I’m going to flood the world and start with your family. I want you to build a giant ship that will save you and the animals.”
    • First of all. Why is God so self centered? Second, is this the part in the Lil Dicky – Pillow Talking song that? How God didn’t like the dinosaurs and he killed them all off. Except last time he threw a giant rock, and then this time he floods the earth.
  • “Trusting God completely means having faith that he knows what is best for your life. You expect him to keep his promise, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary.”
    • Are miracles the reason why people choose to blindly? I’ve never believed that miracles existed because everything that happens is a result of my actions. Thus, no room for miracles. Everything that happens is the result of my actions. This goes back to my previous point. By trusting that God knows the best for you, you never give yourself credit for making good decisions, because God told you.
  • “In what areas of your life do you need to trust God completely? Trusting is an act of worship. Just as parents are pleased when children trust their love and wisdom”
    • Unfortunately there is no area of my life that I need to trust God completely, because I believe in myself. Although all my decisions in life haven’t been the greatest, but this has caused me to not regret a single thing. All the decisions that I have made for myself has allowed me to learn many important lessons in my life. I can’t imagine what it would be life if I left this process up to God. I would probably be very disappointed if things didn’t work out.
  • “God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly”
  • “Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience. God doesn’t owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience can’t.”
    • Again. Why does God sound like an abusive parent. Why is it that your child can’t learn to understand before acting. That’s like your parent tell you to kill their neighbour, and you obey because……..?!
  • “God smiles when we praise and thank him continually”
  • “Instead we are told to offer God “the sacrifice of praise” and “the sacrifice of thanksgiving”. We praise God for who he is, and we thank God for what he has done”
    • This reminds me of the stories where a man was trapped in an elevator with 2 other people. The man was fine, but the other two was sent to the hospital. The wife of this man say “Oh thank god my husband is fine”. She got some backlash because Thank god that your husband is fine but you’re not concerned about the other two? There was also another story where there was a flood and the neighbour’s house was destroyed, but the other family thanked God they were okay. Again. I understand that this might not be the teachings of religion, but where does the line cut off? Thanking God for your own protection but neglecting others?
  • “God smiles when we use our abilities”
  • “God intentionally gifted us differently for his enjoyment. He has made some to be athletic and some to be analytical. You may be gifted at mechanics or mathematics or music or a thousand other skills.”
    • I guess my skill is to be very critical and analytic. I enjoy breaking down all these aspects for the teaching of religion, and then using them to reinforce why I don’t believe.

Points to Ponder: God smiles when I trust him”

For me. I can’t think of a reason to trust God. Because I trust myself.