Malachi 1:1-5: Doubting the Love of God


The Puritan Samuel Rutherford, in a letter to a man who doubted whether he was a Christian wrote this: ‘We being born in atheism, and bairns (children) of the house we are come of, it is no new thing, my dear brother, for us to be under jealousies and mistakes about the love of God.’1 Having atheist hearts that are in disposition contrary to God we call God a liar instead of believing He cannot lie; we believe God vacillates and changes instead of believing that He cannot change; we believe that God is against us when He says He is for us. We credit Him with injustice not perfect justice; folly not perfect wisdom; indifference not Fatherly care. There is no part of God that has not been attacked and doubted by our hearts.