“What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying his commands or by trying to show the LORD of Heaven’s Armies that we are sorry for our sins?”
Malachi 3:14 (NLT)
Have you ever been disappointed? Has it ever seemed like everything was going wrong and God seemed no where in sight? Sure it has. We all go through these “dark nights of the soul” and the question arises, “What’s the use of serving God?” “What good is living the life He wants me to?” It is in these times that we reflect and pray for perspective. We come to God and ask for wisdom and mercy as we work through our faith. The Israelites didn’t. They weren’t asking questions, at least they weren’t looking for answers. They were already bitter. Their questions were rhetorical. They were really saying, “It is no use in following God. We haven’t gained anything from serving Him.” They were bitter and cynical about life. And that is where we will be if we don’t answer the question, “What is the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying Him?” What have we gained? How about life, unconditional love, freedom, forgiveness, direction, provision, meaning, purpose, a relationship with Him, the filling of the Holy Spirit, everything good in our life. What have we gained? How about a second, third and hundredth chance, a do over, a new life, a new Father, a new eternal home? Today, don’t let cynicism get the best of you. Answer the question, “What’s the use of serving God” by considering all the ways you have been blessed.
Father, how You have blessed me, let me count the ways! How I praise You, God, for Your love and mercy. How I thank You for your provision. Help me today, Oh God, to remember all You have done for me.
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