I hadn’t noticed this before, but the phrase used again and again in this short chapter? “You did not come back to Me” (verses 6, 8, 9, 10, 11).
Have you ever had lots of things go wrong, and has it made you feel like God was distant? He talks in this chapter about the things that went wrong for the Israelites: Famine, drought, thirst, damage to crops (becoming diseased or being eaten by locusts), disasters, death … Even though the Israelites had done wrong, they could well have looked at themselves and at the world around them, and wondered ‘What’s the difference between us and them? Where’s our God in all this’ … and yet God sent all those things in order that they might come back to Him – to God who made the wind and the mountains, who reveals His thoughts to us, who darkens the days and lightens the nights, who’s full of power.
Could it be that Jesus is there in the middle of all your setbacks, waiting for you to come back to Him, to speak with Him as a man speaks with his friend?