In today’s reading, we see the extraordinary mercy of God. Even at the very end for the Kingdom of Judah, God is still extending his people an opportunity to repent.
Jeremiah is prophesying just before Judah is conquered by Babylon and part of the population exiled from the land of Israel. Throughout much of the Book of Jeremiah, that God will use Babylon as a means of punishing his people seems all but certain.
However, in today’s reading Jeremiah is told to speak everything that God commands, so that “perhaps they will listen and turn back, each from his evil way, so that I may repent of the evil I have planned to inflict upon them for their evil deeds.” He is here referring to their oncoming punishment at the hands of the Babylonians.
God is still there holding out the offer to repent before it’s too late. And even after the people are sent into exile, God is still with them in Babylon. He never entirely abandons his people.
So, today regardless of how far you may have turned from God, know that he is there still offering mercy to you. Turn to him today.