After you have had children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time—if you then become corrupt and make any kind of idol, doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God and arousing his anger, I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You will not live there long but will certainly be destroyed. The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the Lord will drive you. There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 4:25-29

God promises hope and restoration to the unfaithful; he extends grace and mercy to those who forget what they once believed. Who is like God, extending his lovingkindness to those who once hated him? Who is like God, showing compassion for his enemies? Gods made in the image of man think like men; they are petty, holding grudges, remembering every infraction. But the God of all Creation is patient and he knows what suffering means. Mankind may turn its back him, but to those who believe, he will never be unfaithful.

Ethan Kirl