Isaiah 2:5. “O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
In Is. 1:18, God said, “Come now, and let us reason together,” in an offer to prevent the judgment that was sure to come if the people continued in their chosen sinful path. Now, He says, “Come. . .let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
God is gracious, patient, merciful, and loving. It is not His desire that His people suffer. It is His holiness that cannot tolerate disobedience and sin, and that demands repentance and justification.
When His people continue to harden their hearts and ignore His pleas, then they are choosing judgment. The question is not, “How can a loving God let this happen?” The question is, “How can God’s people, who KNOW what the end result will be, continue to walk in sin and expect to avoid judgment?”