Just to clarify, the title for today’s reflection is, “Please (verb: cause to feel happy) God, NOT People.” Verses: “Please (adverb: wish or desire to do something) God, NOT People.” I can hear Moses at times leaning more towards the latter title.
A part of Paul’s knowledge and understanding of leading people was recognizing the utter dependency on God. Paul also recognized the necessity to please God, verses pleasing people.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 (NLT) …Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. 5 Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! 6 As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.