“No matter how far our sins have carried us, there is always a short road back to God.”
(25) When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
(26) I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
(27) And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
(28) And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
(29) But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
(30) When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
(31) (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
God’s covenant (or, agreement) with Israel contained promised blessings for obedience and promised punishments for disobedience. If they disobeyed, they could expect foreign enemies to conquer them and take them into slavery far away from the land God had promised them. However, God’s covenant also included a path back to blessing. He tells them to “seek [Him]… with all thy heart,” to “turn to [Him],” and “be obedient.” Even when the full extent of God’s covenant punishments were on them (being slaves in a far away land), they could know God’s blessing again if they would take this path.
Do not wander so far that your disobedience leaves visible scars; turn back! But no matter how far you’ve gone, turn! You will find Him, merciful and ready to forgive.
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