O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence …
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
Have you ever wanted God to give you a clear, unequivocal sign; desired proof the LORD does reign in heaven; longed for an event that everyone could see, hear, touch, smell, and taste that would establish what we have believed for millennia; hoped for an event that would end every argument about faith? Isaiah asked for precisely this kind of earth-shaking cataclysmic event?
Such a sign would end rivalries between religions; would end strife between nations; would focus our energies on caring for one-another rather than beating our enemies before they might hurt us.
But after such a cataclysmic tearing of the heavens, would we lose our humanity? Would we lose what separates us from other animals; lose our ability to believe in something that we cannot sense, lose our desire to strive for a future we can only glimpse?
How does your faith in God, who works in the background, empower you to strive to minister with your neighbors?