29 “You warned them to return to your Law, but they became proud and obstinate and disobeyed your commands. They did not follow your regulations, by which people will find life if only they obey. They stubbornly turned their backs on you and refused to listen. 30 In your love, you were patient with them for many years. You sent your Spirit, who warned them through the prophets. But still they wouldn’t listen! So once again you allowed the peoples of the land to conquer them. 31 But in your great mercy, you did not destroy them completely or abandon them forever. What a gracious and merciful God you are!
Father, degenerate, deplorable, despicable, disgusting, and destructive fittingly describes the attitude and behavior of your people who were the beneficiaries of your miracles, mercy and abundant grace. They forgot your goodness and were mired in their greed. This consequence of self-centeredness is the result of their own choices.
Yet in your grace you did not abandon them and in your mercy you forgave them. The greatness of your love is truly infinite and your patience reaches beyond our need. Help our nation to remember the source of our blessing and to never take them or YOU for granted.
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