This passage of Scripture from Malachi chapter 3 has been chewing on me for days, now.
13 “You have said terrible things about Me,” says the Lord. “But you say, ‘What do you mean? What have we said against You?’
Before going any further, imagine what these “terrible things” could possibly be:
Curses? Insults? Blasphemy?
14 “You have said, ‘What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying his commands or by trying to show the LORD of Heaven’s Armies that we are sorry for our sins?
15 From now on we will call the arrogant blessed. For those who do evil get rich, and those who dare God to punish them suffer no harm.’
God considers it a terrible thing to say about Him when we:
- Say that serving Him has no value.
- Say that confession and sorrow for sin are worthless.
- Say that God treats the world better than His followers.
But surely I haven’t actually “said” anything like that. Surely I would not “say” anything so terrible to God.
But I may have felt/believed/acted as though those things were so… And that’s a terrible thing to do.
It happens when we:
Give up on Him.
Stop trusting Him.
Think He is unjust.
Believe He no longer cares.
Assume He has deserted us.
So today, I’m saying this:
- Serving the Lord is valuable, and I do so from a heart of gratitude.
- Confession of and sorrow for my sin is an absolute necessity.
- God loves me, has the big picture and knows what’s best for me.
- God has already done more for me than I deserve.
- I will trust Him with my life.
For to be shallow, whiny, ungrateful and miss the point of my life would be a terrible thing, indeed.