Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mal. 2:17 You have wearied the Lord with your words.

Mal. 2:17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. ‘Wearied him?” you ask. “How have we wearied him?” You have wearied him by suggesting that the LORD favors evildoers since he does not punish them. You have wearied him by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”

I wonder how may we weary the Lord and how often do we do it? It seems to me like we miss the boat when it comes to what we pray for. We are prone to pray in an unbiblical manner. We ask for things that we know are not good for us. We ask the Lord to bless our willful desires instead of what He desires for us. We insist that the Lord respond to our prayers our way, instead of as He knows best. We pray repeatedly for the Lord to change His mind over that which He has clearly made known to us. We ask the Lord to act according to our time table instead of His. In other words, the Lord is often treated as if He were not our Lord but our genie in a bottle who must grant us our wishes at our beckon and call.

When we pray outside of the will of God for us, we weary the Lord in our praying. He will never give us what we pray for when it is not for our good and His glory. If we pray according to His will,, we will have what we pray for. And, the only way we can know that we are praying in His will is for us to live close enough to Him that our wills will be one with His.

We weary the Lord when we fail to let Him judge by His standards, in His own way, and in His own time.  The Lord knows what He is doing and will make things right when the time is right.  We don’t always see things as the Lord does and must succumb to His sovereign will and not our own.  We must learn to trust Him and not doubt Him when it seems like evil prevails.

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