Have ye not known? Have ye not heard? Hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?-- Isaiah 40:21
When Isaiah wrote that it should have been a shocking rebuke to Israel for carving idols out of logs to worship. It should have brought them to repentance for their foolishness of forsaking the God who laid the foundations of the earth for a figure they carved out of a log that would eventually rot, but it did not. It took 70 years of galling servitude under heathen kings to humble themselves before God.
Should they not have known? Of course they should have. Hundred of years prior after suffering tremendously Job answered the Lord saying: "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eyes have seen thee." (Job 42:5) they had heard.
No one will have an excuse before God when we all will have to give an account for our manner of life. There are few in this world now that have not heard of the God of heaven by the ear. The ACLU...the Anti Christ Leaders Union...(oh yes, I know what they say it stands for but their infuriated actions against Christianity are why I think the letters should stand for what I have assigned them). The agnostics, atheists, secularists have certainly heard of him or they would have no basis to find fault.
But there is something that should catch our attention here. When Job merely had heard of God by the ear, meaning a superficial awareness, it was before he had been smitten to his knees by Satan's onslaughts. It was in the "good time" days of his life when all was going smooth without a care. He was the wealthy fellow about town. Never in those days would he have cursed the day he was born. Others were miserable sinners but he had a pretty good image of himself.
Now it seems to me that hits home with much of Christianity today. There seems to be many professing to be first rate saints with only a slight hearing of God by the ear. Christianity is composed of events associated with Christmas celebrating the birth of Christ, or Easter, his resurrection but the easy times have not turned the hearsay into a faith that puts one on their knees and keeps them there.
No one likes hard times. God forbid, but sometimes this is the only thing that will vitalize religion and turn it into the real thing. Suffering teaches us lessons that good times never will. God, for us, like Job, allows many distressing things happen to us to put the essential touch of molding our character to ready us for that day when we will be with him where tears are shed no more forever, and ever - AMEN!