Wearing God Out – Malachi 2:17

You have wearied the Lord with your words.
Yet you ask, “How have we wearied Him?”
When you say, “Everyone who does what is evil is good in the Lord’s sight, and He is pleased with them,” or “Where is the God of justice?”


How many times have our own children droned on about our unfairness, denied their guilt and reframed the truth? How many times have I said, “You are wearing me out with your whining! If you don’t stop, I’m going to wear you out!”

Thankfully, we don’t whine and complain as adults. We are beyond that. More mature. Right. God speaks to this attitude in His adult children. Sometimes our whining just wears Him out.

Words matter. Words have consequences. Sticks and stones may actually break our bones but words not only have the power to deeply injure others, they also have the power to make God tired. Think about it. What we say reveals volumes about what we believe and our faithlessness wears Father God out. May He be slow to ‘wear us out’, as our parents used to say!

When we reframe evil as good and speak as if God is pleased or okay with clearly evil actions in ourselves and others, God is wearied with our words. When we complain about His unfairness for implementing His perfect justice, we wear out our Lord with our talking and our doubt. His definition of sin is right. Always. He defines what is good and conversely, what is not. He is the definition of Justice as He is the One True Judge. Our questioning words speak only of our own prideful attitudes and we wear God our with our flippant mouths.

“You have wearied the Lord with your words.”

Have mercy on us, Lord God, we are worthless, ungrateful slaves. You have the words of life.

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