WoW! God is faithful and will always preserve a remnant. He will always provide godly leaders at just the right time who urge the people to repent and return to God. He will always leave the way open to those who seek him and he will never turn a contrite heart away.
I think it’s really important for us to see that the great turnaround described in these two chapters is in response to God’s judgment. It’s easy to think of God’s judgment as a bad thing and to want to blame God and turn away from him when life isn’t going as we would like it to be. But that is never God’s intention. If he sends hardship our way, and sometimes he does, it is for the purpose of helping us to see where we are failing to trust and honour him as we should – it is discipline, not condemnation.
Praise God that in all things he works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his good purpose.
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