One’s intentions are not always clear to everyone. God’s motivations, also, are not always understood by people. So we need to study carefully the word of God.
The Lord sent prophets among them to lead them back to him. They warned the people, but they would not pay attention.
2 Chronicles 24.19 NET
The prophets, from Isaiah to Malachi, including the major and minor prophets, make up a significant part of the Old Testament. They cover a large part of the history of the people of Israel and Judah. They contain harsh denunciations and threats of punishment. And not all of the prophets that the Lord sent to the people left writings.
The prophetic writings in the Old Testament along with the Lord’s sending of so many of them to the people, serve as a testimony to God’s goodness. His purpose in sending all of them to the people was “to lead them back to him.”
God wants our presence with him. He always works with this end in mind. Even with the prophetic condemnations and threats, his objective was the people’s repentance and the restoration of communion with him.
God proves us today. He allows us to feel the difficulties of life and the consequences of sin, in order that we might abandon evil and come near to him.
God does not act according to our expectations, but rather in compliance with his beneficent purpose.
Translated from the Portuguese-language “DeusConosco.com.” Image: three of Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho’s OT prophets.