“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.”
This whole chapter reminds me of the last few chapters of Job – my favorite place in Scripture. The Lord puts our complaints in place. He puts them in perspective. We question and He does answer. Although, it may not always be as comfortable as we would like. Questions are an important part of our relationship with Christ. As Proverbs 25:2 says, and I’m paraphrasing, the Lord is glorified in His mystery and we receive glory in searching that out. Even if it means the mystery remains, which in many cases it will.
We are told in myriad ways that God is supreme. He created everything with intimate and affectionate detail. He weighs the mountains on His scales. All the world’s water is like a drop on the palm of His hand. He sculpted mankind out of dust with a breath. He bestows wisdom and knowledge through His Spirit. For all of our powerful nations and our mighty rulers, in comparison to the Lord we are counted as less than nothing. And when we question His Presence, He responds:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? Do you not remember when I freed your fathers from slavery in Egypt? Have you forgotten how I parted the Red Sea that they might walk across on dry land? Have you not heard of my faithfulness to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? To David? Even to Solomon? Have you not known?
We have seen. We have heard. And we do know the wonderfully faithful love of our Father displayed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And the beautiful thing about the Lord is that even after his uncomfortable questions, His unfailing patience in extending mercy to undeserving recipients does not run dry. He tells us to wait on Him and we will receive revitalization, even in our questions. Dwell on His Presence and He will renew our strength, even in the midst of doubt.
Question all you want. But you have known and you have heard. And I will bring you back to that place. It won’t be easy and it won’t be comfortable, but I don’t forget my children and their place in My Home.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?