Is it futile to serve God?


Consider the words of the Israelites to God in Malachi 3:13-15, below and ponder if you have ever said or had such thoughts.

“You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord.


“Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?”


“You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly, evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’” _ Malachi 3:13-15

Certainly, in a world that is so unfair, it can be easy for the faithful Christian to wonder, “What good is it to serve the Lord?” Somehow the evil and unrighteous people continue to prosper and get away with their deeds.

We wonder, “Why is God not punishing them?” And it can be tempting to leave the presence of the Lord and join them in the world.

We must remember that our God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love (Psalm 103:8). So, God doesn’t delight in the death of a sinner but desires for him to repent and live (Ezekiel 18:23;32). Thus. God delays his judgment.

So, we must be careful not to misunderstand God’s patience. He sees the wrong and evil of the wicked and he also sees your faithfulness and righteous service to him through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Your service to God is not futile.

Take a look at God’s reply to the words of the Israelites above, 

 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they (those who feared and honored the Lord) will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. _ Malachi 3: 17-18.

My dear, do not be enticed by the ways of the wicked. Focus on God, not the world and continue to pray for those who are still in the world that they may be saved too.

God Bless

You are Eternally Loved

Author: Esther Ademiju

Esther Ademiju is founder and teacher of Growing God's Eternal Family. She is a growing student of the Bible under the teachings of the Holy Spirit and yearns to share what she learns with simplicity yet undiluted to all people. “God’s love is dynamic in dealing and one of the ways it can be shown through us to one another is by sharing, teaching & preaching His Word & Truth.”

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