Why God Stopped Paying Attention

Whether is personally or corporately, many in the Church are struggling. They struggle with seeing the fruit of their labors. They feel as if their prayers rarely go beyond the ceiling. It is almost as if God has stopped paying any attention.

The people of Judah experienced something very similar. In Malachi 2, we find a record that may provide insight into today’s dilemma.

Another thing you do: You flood the LORD’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, “Why?” (vv. 13-14)

That is the question.

Why?

What could have led to this dry season spiritually? What would have been so offensive to God that it seemed He had simply turned away in disgust?

It is because the LORD is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. (v. 14)

The people had turned away from their marriage vows. They had such a low view of the marriage covenant that divorce was a common part of life.

Are God’s people different today?

The Scripture portrays marriage as a beautiful illustration of the unity of Christ and His Church. Today’s culture portrays the unity of Christ and His Church as something you can come in and out of easily. God sees divorce as a violent act (Mal. 2:16). Today’s culture sees divorce as normal.

Is it any wonder our offerings are not accepted?

And we know that as the marriage goes, so goes the family.

Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. (v. 15)

The people of Judah had not considered the damage they were created for generations because they were only thinking about themselves in the present day. No thought was given to how their marriage would affect the next generation.

Again, are God’s people different today?

God desires that marriages remain intact and fulfill the command to be fruitful and multiply. Whether they be natural-born, adopted, or spiritual children, God is seeking godly offspring. Yet godly children don’t seem to show up on most people’s radar today. Instead, we delay having children. When we have them, we find other people to take care of them. We say we value them, but we aren’t actively involved in their lives.

So why did God stop paying attention?

The people had a low view of marriage and a low view of family. Vows were not kept. Children were not valued.

They should have known better. God had given them his Word which revealed his heart for marriages and families. And this brings us to the sad truth of it all.

They had a low view of God’s Word.

Scriptures only applied to certain people at certain times in certain places. It didn’t really speak to their lives. Scriptures weren’t sufficient for all of life, just those related to worship at the Temple.

Sound familiar?

Now I’m not saying that this is the one and only answer to why God seems to have stopped listening. However, we would be ignorant not to take it into consideration in our churches today.

Do we believe God’s Word is sufficient for our daily lives? Do we hold marriage in high regard and remain committed to our vows before God to love and cherish our spouse until death? Do we place a high value on children that compels us to intentionally be involved in their coming to a saving faith in Christ?

If we desire for our sacrifices and offerings to be received by God, we must begin with repentance. We must leave behind those sins which have easily tripped us up in our belief and practice. We must place a high value on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Upon this foundation, we must begin building a biblical understanding of marriage and the family.

The road ahead won’t be easy. We must be on guard against the worldview around us that devalues marriages and families.

So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith. (v. 16)

Obeying God’s Word and staying true to our vows is an outworking of our commitment to the LORD.

The end result? The LORD says in 1 Samuel 2:30:

Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.

May our dependence upon God’s Word and obedience to His commands in marriage and family bring Him honor.

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  1. […] choose not to listen to me, it must be because of something serious. I explored one such area in a previous post. In Malachi 2, God reveals His high value for me caring for my marriage and family. I’ve […]



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