Ok, I have been bad this week and got off the 'reading train'....but I am back on.
16 "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.'
17 "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.'
18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD."
What struck me about this passage is how easy it is for God to take away the glory of a country. In one second they are prospering and the next they are scattered across the wind. They don't have control of it....it's all in God's control. Sometimes I feel that way with our nation. We have turned our back, from God in so many ways. I just pray God spares His faithful- for those who truly repent- like he did Ninevah.
God please forgive me for so many sins against you. Forgive my country for so many sins against you. Amen.