So, if God didn’t curse your disobedience nor bless your obedience, would you listen anyway?
Seems to me that’s sort of how God is currently working. Yeah, we get our come’upins, we reap what we sow, natural consequences for actions, but we don’t experience the ground opening and swallowing the guys who challenge us. Nor do we get the blessings of prosperous gardens for going to church.
God’s judgment in this age seems to be on delay, stored up for future judgment (Romans 2:5). Bad guys get away with being bad and good guys seem to just get more junk dropped on them. And life goes on.
God’s silence has lead many to believe He just doesn’t care, nothing really matters, so do whatever. But I don’t think that is the case.
I am a firm believer in “nothing matters” as far as how Solomon meant it in Ecclesiastes. Life is filled with one vain activity after another. Don’t get too hot and bothered by any of it, because it won’t last and it’s all smoke anyway.
But at the same time, what we do matters! Virtue matters. Love matters. We will be judged on all the deeds done in our body, therefore, one has to conclude that everything our body does matters.
The sticking point comes in figuring out what exactly makes stuff matter. How can it not matter and yet matter?
Everything on this planet will pass, therefore, nothing matters.
Everything a person does will impact his/her eternity, therefore, everything matters.
Physically speaking–nothing matters.
Spiritually speaking–everything matters.
The fact that God has declared all physical things of secondary value–set your mind on things above, not on things of this earth, the soldier of Christ does not entangle himself with the affairs of this world, etc–means He is not intervening physically to get our attention as much.
Our spiritual successes or failures do not determine our physical state. If you look at your physical state as being the most important thing to you, then you’ll think spiritual things don’t matter because they don’t influence what you think is important.
But spiritual things do matter and you will find this out on Judgment Day very clearly, when all physical things have passed beyond your senses.
God is currently testing our faith–If listening to God doesn’t matter to your physical existence, do you still love God and value what He values enough to listen anyway? “No man can serve two masters” means something.