“And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you,” (Deuteronomy 30:1-3 ESV).
Two things jumped out at me from these verses. First, both “the blessing and the curse” came from God. He was in charge of the good and the bad. Now, I’m not saying that all evil comes from God or anything like that. I’m just reading and noticing that God uses both the positive and the negative to shape our lives.
And second, we are commanded to return. Or repent, if you will. Jesus’ first sermons were of that theme: Repent and believe. And we find it here all the way back in Deuteronomy. Return and obey. Repent and believe. With all your heart and soul.
God responds to our repentance. It’s promised, even here. We return and obey. And He “will restore.””