Have we been in deep spiritual struggles before? We knew we had to be better spiritually, but we continued to struggle with our sinful desires. We knew we had to trust in God, but we could not help but think that God was not there for us. It is as if God had not cared about us.
We thought: “Where is God?”. And we sank deeper and deeper, thinking there’s no hope for us out of our spiritual woes.
“Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: ‘My way is hidden from the LORD, and my just claim is passed over by my God.’?” (Isaiah 40:27)
Perhaps like Gideon, we have been under the oppression of our enemy, our sinful desires, for too long. We said “The Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” (Judges 6:13).
We asked: “Is there still hope?”
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” (Isaiah 40:21)
These were God’s questions to the Israelites. God asked these questions as if the Israelites have not heard or known of His works. God is asking us the same questions today.
“Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” (Isaiah 40:21)
In fact, the answer to our spiritual woes was in front of us. Has it not been told to us at the beginning that God created the heavens and the earth? Have we not been told that God saved the Israelites out of the land of slavery by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm? Was He not the God who led the weak Israelites through the great and terrible wilderness for forty years? And this same God is our God.
So let us remember who our God is from the beginning. Let us put our hope and trust in Him once more. Let us pray and cry out to Him once more. Yes, we have known, and we have heard. He has guided safely the lives of so many forefathers in the past. And He is doing the same for us today.
“Have you not known?”
Reflection Questions: What have you experienced of God at the beginning of your faith?