I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
Also, O Judah, He hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of My people.
Do we ever consider that our sin is heartbreaking to God? That’s what I see in v. 10. God calls their sin a horrible thing, defilement, whoredom. Those are strong words, showing strong emotion. So the next verse comes as a startling contrast.
In spite of their sin, God promises that after Judah is restored and the people are no longer captives, He has planned for them a time of harvest, when their lives will be good again.
In an earlier post, I emphasized the importance of true repentance in order for restoration to occur. God is infinitely patient. He will wait until we have learned to be honest with Him. He knows our hearts, and He knows when repentance is real. When that moment comes, He will reward us by restoring our lives to a time of harvest that is immensely satisfying, beyond our hopes and expectations.
God doesn’t dole out His love in teaspoons. He sends it in showers from heaven, refreshing and renewing our love for Him.