Before the Gap – #6
Do we recognize when God is not pleased with our offering and sacrifice to him? Read Malachi chapter 2 verses 13 through 17.
“This is another thing you do: you cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. For I hate divorce,” says the Lord , the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong,” says the Lord of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.” You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him? ” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord , and He delights in them,” or, “Where is the God of justice?”
Malachi 2:13-17 NASB
The people of Israel were upset and knew that God was not accepting their sacrifices to him. However, they were not willing to look at the reason behind why God wasn’t accepting them. They knew there was a problem, they just didn’t want to address the problem.
Do we recognize when there are issues between us and God? Are we willing to admit to ourselves when our relationship with God is not as it should be? The second question is, are we willing to do anything about it? What are we willing to pay in order to be made right with God? What is it worth to us to be in a right relationship with him? The people of Israel were not willing to pay anything. Are we?