What Profit Is Serving God?

Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

Malachi 3:14-15

In these verses the Israelites ask a question that many, many people have asked themselves at one time or another.  In moments of despair, many people have wondered (often to themselves) whether or not it is vain to serve the Lord.  Sometimes a person will go through a trial and will begin to despair.  Their faith will begin to waver and they will wonder what profit there really is in serving the Lord.  Those are not uncommon questions.  Fortunately, the answers to those questions are fairly easy to find with a little prayerful Bible reading and meditation.  The answer is obviously that there is profit in serving the Lord.  It may be hard to see that profit in the midst of a storm.  And it may not be today or even tomorrow that we see that profit.  But there is always profit in serving the Lord.  There is always profit in keeping His ordinances.  There is nothing inherently wrong with these questions.  Jesus Himself spoke of “counting the cost.”  There is, however, something wrong with the attitude of these Israelites.

They were not asking these questions from an honest heart.  They were not asking these questions while crying out in despair.  They were, in fact, not even asking questions.  They were making statements.  They said that they had decided that serving the Lord was vain.  They had decided that there was no profit in keeping His ordinances.  They had already made up their minds and they had already hardened their hearts.  They had not kept His ordinances and they had not served Him.  They apparently found no profit in a half-hearted outward show of religion, and neither will we.  They never did fully submit to the Lord with hearts full of faith in Him.  We can.  How are we doing?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, this makes me think of those who believed and had faith, even though they never saw the promises realized in their life times. God bless you as you keep on trusting and serving God!


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