I wonder why when someone makes a statement we usually follow with a question. It does not matter who makes the statement, even if it is someone we trust and respect, we are skeptical and want assurance that what has been said is fact and true. It is not wrong to question when we do not understand something or need more information or clarification or do not know the person speaking. However, there is a statement made that did not and does not need questioned–but it was and is. It is found in Malachi 1:2
“I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have You loved us?”
The statement is easily understood, no more information needed. It is clear, concise, and straight-forward. It is a statement of God. Because He is trustworthy what He says is fact and truth. The question is arrogant, defensive, and quarrelsome. The asking of it denies God is the Most High, Almighty, and Sovereign.
Asking Him, “How have You loved us?”, shows how self-centered were the Israelites, God was not the center of their world they were. They were, in their minds, important and expected an accounting of God’s actions and in what ways He loved them. They denied who God is by implying that He did not love them or that His love needed proof. The difficult times, times of trials and tests, crisis and conflict were remembered. The blessings, mercy, and salvation were forgotten. They were, in effect, telling the Creator to answer to the created.
I wonder how the Israelites could be so…well…stupid is the word that comes to mind.
Then I wonder, am I like Israel? Am I self-centered, arrogant, defensive, and quarrelsome? Do I question God’s plan and purpose for me–and the world? Do I remember the difficult times and forget the blessings? Have I denied God by wanting proof of His love? Sadly, I can answer yes to all the questions I have asked.
Who in the world are you to second guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us know enough to call God into question? Romans 9:20
I wonder if I will ever be able to answer no to the questions I asked.
I wonder at His love!