“How can I pardon you?
Your children have forsaken me
and have sworn by those who are no gods.
When I fed them to the full,
they committed adultery
and trooped to the houses of whores.
I am no one to throw stones or cast desparaging opinions on this people. I, too, am prone to wander. I, too, am quick to take the Lord’s provision for granted, receiving from Him, yet, strangely, turning to my own ways. Have mercy on me, a sinner! How grateful I am that God answered His own question in this verse: “How can I pardon them?” He has pardoned me through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son! Praise be to God who did not allow me to self-destruct, who has provided the way of escape through Himself. I am unworthy of such a sacrifice; unworthy of such grace. I praise You, Almighty God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, for You alone are worthy of Praise!