When Things Seem Backward

Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD.  Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  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 3:13-15

Yesterday, we looked at these verses and pointed out the people who decided that it was vain to serve God and that there was no profit in obeying Him.  Today we will look at their “reasoning.”

They said in verse 15, “…we call the proud happy.”  Does that sound like our society today?  Pride is glorified everywhere you look.  The people who are full of themselves and full of pride seem to be the ones having fun and being “happy.”  But one quick look at Proverbs 11:2 will shatter that image: “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”  When the proud are called happy, there is something backward.

“…they that work wickedness are set up.”  Again, Malachi could be describing our culture today.  It seems that there is much wickedness in high places.  It seems as though every new day brings some new, awful scandal in the life of a rich, famous or powerful person.  Things are not going to go well the wicked are “set up.”  Again, a simple look at Proverbs will set things straight: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

“…they that tempt God are even delivered.”  This is the mindset that says, “if someone sins and God doesn’t immediately strike them down with a bolt of lightning, they must be OK and God must not care.”  Wrong.  Ecclesiastes 8:11 gives us further insight into this line of thinking: “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

It is sometimes easy to get discouraged by things that we see and read.  It is easy to feel that, everywhere we look, things are backward and are the opposite of what they should be.  But we must remember that, just like in the book of Malachi, God is still in charge.  He is still on the throne.  And we need to continue to have faith in Him – even when things seem backward!

 

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for encouraging us Ben, that God is still God and still in control. God bless you and yours in this coming year!

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  2. Thank you, Ben

    ” It is easy to feel that, everywhere we look, things are backward and are the opposite of what they should be. But we must remember that, just like in the book of Malachi, God is still in charge. ”
    I choose to run with this section 🙂

    Blessings,
    ann

    P.S. ———> 😉

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