Thinking back as a child and young adult and being in conflict with my parents, consequently I would be sent to my room.  I remember stomping up the steps and mumbling under my breath. Of course my parents could hear me and say “What did you say? I can hear you!”                      

 Let’s look at the following Scripture:

“Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another, and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought of His name.” (Malachi 3:11)

 A number of the Israelites were disobeying God’s commands. They were intermarrying, holding back their giving, and disrespecting God and what He required of them. They were complaining of God’s harsh treatment of them, while others appeared to get away with their evildoing.

However, there was a remnant of people who showed respect and reverence for God and did all that He required even though the whole nation was under God’s discipline.  The Lord heard them and took note of all they were saying about Him and He wrote it down.

When we look around and see all those that are doing evil and it appears they are getting away with their deeds, we need to trust God’s heart.

Retribution may seem slow in coming, and for the moment it may appear He is being unfair, but God’s mercy and love are always balanced with His justice.

God’s Word says this:

“The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.” (2 Pet. 3:9)

Let’s remember God is taking note of every word spoken about Him. He hears every complaint and praise, words of mistrust and trust and He takes them personally.

Scriptures for further study:

 Psalm 73; Jonah 2:2; Psalm 34:4

©Bobbie Closs 2014

Scriptures are from the Amplified Bible

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