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Text:
“If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.” - Job 8:5, 6.

Comment:

God Almighty is ever-willing and ready to accept His people who come back to him. What such ones need is contrite spirit to acknowledge their errors and the determination not to do so again. “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin…” (Psalms 32:5, 6) An example of how liberal God Almighty is in receiving sinners who come back to him is given in the case of Manasseh, king of Judah. He was at a time so given to idolatry that he worshipped all the host of heaven, and even built alters for them in the house of the Lord, “And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” (2 Chronicles 33:6) However, after God suffered him to be carried as a prisoner to Babylon, he so humbled himself that he was restored to his throne, after which he abolished the idols he had worshipped and the diviners he had consulted and strengthened the walled cities of Judah. He reigned longer than any other king of Judah, and died in peace and was buried in Jerusalem. - 2 Kings 21:1-26; 2 Chronicles 33:20.

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