I will return again to my lair until they have suffered their punishment. Then they will seek me.
Your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you.
My lover had already turned and gone away … I looked for him but did not find him; I called him but he did not answer me.
“I attacked them and angrily rejected them, yet they remained disobedient and stubborn. I have seen their behavior, but I will heal them.”
“You have brought all this on yourself, Israel, by deserting the Lord your God when he was leading you along the right path.”
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him.”
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger will turn away from them.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.
~ Samuel Bagster ~
Isa 59:2, Song 5:6, Isa 57:17-18, Jer 2:17, Luke 15:20, Hos 14:4, 1
Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.
I cannot say,
Beneath the pressure of life’s cares to-day,
I joy in these;
But I can say
That I had rather walk this rugged way,
If Him it please.
~ S. G. BROWNING ~
The particular annoyance which befell you this morning; the vexatious words which met your ear and “grieved” your spirit; the disappointment which was His appointment for to-day; the slight but hindering ailment; the presence of some one who is “a grief of mind” to you,—whatever this day seemeth not joyous, but grievous, is linked in “the good pleasure of His goodness” with a corresponding afterward of “peaceable fruit,” the very seed from which, if you only do not choke it, this shall spring and ripen.
~ F. R. HAVERGAL ~