In yesterday’s Old Testament reading, Isaiah (40:25-31) cautions against this sort of attitude and goes on to declare God’s omniscience and omnipotence. And, as Scripture is not a dead letter, it is a message for us today. No matter how we feel about the Lord’s presence in our lives at any particular moment or during a certain event, we can be sure that He is fully aware of our circumstances. Nothing happens without God knowing it, either ordaining the circumstance or permitting it. I am reminded of Jesus’ teaching:
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. (Lk 12:6-7)
Do we really believe that? In normal day to day circumstances we will likely not object. But when everything seems to be falling apart, when we are in the depths of despair, when the pain in unbearable, when we cry out, does our confidence in God’s love (or even His existence) remain unshakable? Maybe it is a test of faith. Just like bodily muscles need to be exercised, so to our faith in God. Persevere in the darkness and we will surely see the light. The Almighty knows what’s going on and will bring justice — if not now — in the end.
And just maybe, He is carrying us the entire way.