“If a man divorces his wife, and she goes from him and she goes from him and becomes another man’s, shall he return to her again? Shall not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to Me, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 3:1).
God saw His relationship with Israel as a marriage. The nation of Israel had become unfaithful to Him when it turned away from Him to worship and burn incense to other gods. The people had backslidden. They were bent on going after strange gods. They had turned their backs on God and only sought Him in times of trouble.
Are we guilty of doing the same? Do we turn our backs on God and only turn to Him when we are in trouble and need His help?
Yet, God is so loving and faithful, He is willing to work things out. He called Israel to repent. “I said after she had done all these things, ‘Turn to Me.’ But she did not return” (verse 7). So, He had no other choice but to put her away and give her a bill of divorce.
Is God calling you to repent of a sin that has caused you to turn your back on Him? Repent and return to Him while He still calls you to.