God says, “You have said harsh things[*] against Me.”
“What have we said against You,” the people asked.
“You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God…’” (Malachi 3:13-14).
We think we know better than God.
We tell God how we think it should be.
We complain that God is letting some people get away with bad stuff, and He’s not rewarding quickly enough those who are doing good stuff.
We think God doesn’t care if we do things our own way.
We think we can better manage our lives than He can.
We act like we’re in charge.
This is speaking harsh, arrogant, rude, terrible words against God. It’s really saying, “I know better, so I should be God.” This not only removes God’s blessing, but invites His punishment.
Ouch! It’s good to examine our thoughts and words to make sure we aren’t thinking or speaking harsh things against God.
[*] Some other translations say things like “You have spoken arrogantly against Me” and “You have said terrible things about Me” and “You have spoken rude words to Me.”