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 2:17)
Do you ever expect God to behave a certain way, and when he doesn’t you find yourself discouraged? Could it be that we have unreasonable expectations of God? The prophet Malachi is preaching to the post-exilic nation of Judah. From the text, one can infer the people were expecting certain blessings from God that they were not receiving.
It is possible for us to believe that our relationship with God as Christians affords us certain blessings that it does not, or that God will meet certain expectations that we have. When this happens, many times God’s people will resort to complaining. This is the reality of Malachi chapter 2.
The people were crying out to God “Everyone who does evil in the sight of the Lord” and “He delights in them” (2:17). This is an outright lie, God is wearied by this false accusation. Instead of noticing the blessings they have as God’s children, Judah was focused on what they did not have and had convinced themselves that God only blesses the evil ones. When we lie to ourselves and each other, we make God weary.
God is not only wearied by false accusations, He is also discouraged by our doubts. God loves us. God is a just God. When we doubt the very character of God, we bring God down! The people in Malachi were declaring “Where is the God of justice?” (2:17). Maybe they expected God to utterly destroy their enemies as soon as they made it back to the promise land. We too, can doubt God’s justice when we wonder why God allows evil dictators to arise or genocides to take place. We can wonder, we can search for truth, but when we accusatorially doubt the very character of God, we make God weary.
It is also possible for one to weary God by their sin. God loves us, is there for us and wants to make us pure. When weary God by our constant fouling of our lives by the filth of sin. Malachi 3:5 lists all the sins these individuals were participating in, yet they were shifting the blame on God and calling His character into question. God viewed their sin as dirt and declares that He will have to purify them “like a refiners fire and like a fullers’ soap”. Our sins weary God.
God is our audience. God observes our lives and our worship. Are we an encouragement to God or a discouragement? Let us not make God weary.