Frankly, I hate divorce, too. Yet as a God-fearing, Bible teaching believer I still somehow wound up getting one. And because I was stuck with it, it became vitally important to find out how it may have impacted my relationship with God.
When God refused to accept their offerings in the Temple, they cried, "Why?!"
And God's response? You have dealt treacherously with your wife, and I stand in witness of it.
You see, Moses permitted them to divorce their wives because their hearts were hard. (See Jesus' explanation in Matt. 19:3-9.) So they used this loophole in the Law to "put away" virtuous, faithful wives, ones they had made a marriage covenant with, for the charms of the heathen women.
This is exactly what the Bible refers to when it says "don't be unequally yoked (II Cor. 6:14)." Even Solomon, for all his wisdom, was brought down by wives who wanted to serve their own gods and goddesses.
"Well, darling, you just serve your little ol' god over there and I'll serve my gods over here and it'll all be good."
I can easily imagine this situation. The Israelite women are on one hand, striving for a standard of beauty that was based on modesty and holiness and a devotion to family. But when the husband leaves the house to go to town he sees the loose women swinging their hips down the streets wearing clothes designed to show off their charms.
Trust me on this. These women were loose! You see, they were worshipers of gods that required fertility rites.
The goddess Ashtoreth was all about sex. And in the New Testament day city of Corinth, there were one thousand prostitutes in the temple of Aphrodite alone. Random sexual encounters were just part of their religion, and you best believe such an attitude will carry over into your personal life.
Miss "I worship the fertility goddess" was broad minded and sexually available. And when they gave these Jewish husbands their best come-hither look, just like today the man looked at his loyal wife and suddenly finds her wanting. So he found an excuse to divorce her and married Miss Thang instead.
On top of this, these men still showed up at the Temple bringing God tithes and offerings. And expected Him to accept them! God let them know He took a really poor view of their treachery and their gall. He refused their offerings.
This is one reason why Jesus said, if someone has something against you, it should be cleared up before you bring your offering to God. And this is a reason why dishonoring one's wife can result in your prayers not being heard, even to this day. (See Matt. 5:23-24 and I Peter 3:7 respectively.)
In the context of the Scripture I can now see why God said he hated divorce. It doesn't mean he's okay with it in other circumstances. But it does mean this particular passage wasn't a slam at me. And I'm relieved.