11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
Those who know God and serve Him will reap the rewards of their obedience. If they take compassion on the hungry, and offer comfort to the afflicted, then their light will burst out in the midst of calamity, trials, and adversities like the sun at midnight, and their darkness will be past.
They will be supplied in times of drought and national disaster.
The waste lands will be restored to a habitable state, and the blessings that should have been enjoyed for many generations will be restored.
The question, of course, is why, with all these promises of blessing and restoration, it takes so long for Israel to understand and return to God.
The same could be asked of any of us who know the truth, who profess to believe it, but who choose to live apart from God in order to enjoy pleasures we feel we can’t do without.