“I’m not listening to you.” My daughter shoved her fingers in her ears, stuck her tongue out and made a la-la-la-la noise. She didn’t want to hear what her brother had to say about something.
Kids. Sometimes they do externally what adults do internally. Many today are just like the Jews that Malachi was addressing. They asked, “Where is the God of judgement?” (Malachi 2:17). They had made God to be someone that loved them no matter their sin. They chose not to listen to the scriptures and out of willful ignorance asked that bonehead question.
God considered their question as annoying as plugging one’s ears, sticking one’s tongue out and making noise. He answers the question by saying He will come to them in judgement.
I wonder how filled with shock and awe today’s Christianity will be when God comes in judgement. Because God hasn’t done anything yet, many think He isn’t going to. God says He will not tolerate sin forever – especially in His people.
This concept can be applied to me personally, as well. I am not off the hook.
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:2-5.
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