If you return to the LORD, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.” 2 Chronicles 30:9 NIV
All through the history of the Israelites, we see God calling them to come to Him. Trust and follow Him and He will take care of them. As a nation, they often did not choose to follow because they wanted to be like the other nations around them. Are we any different today? I don’t think so. I have heard people say once I get the job I want, get married, have kids, do… then I will follow God. How can God protect us and guide us when we refuse to acknowledge Him in our lives? Pray for your loved ones that have drifted away that they will return, and God’s face will shine on them. He is always ready to forgive when we repent because our LORD is a God full of grace and compassion.