In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… 2Chronicles 36:22,23; Ezra 1-3… King Cyrus of Persia passes an edict allowing God’s children to return home.
God’s plan was not finished. Jeremiah – at God’s urging – warned of judgment, but he also promised restoration… and now it was time for the promise to be fulfilled.
God’s Word came true through the king’s word. King Cyrus fulfilled a prophecy given about 150yrs before… proving God can even use a pagan king to fulfill His purposes.
Not all of the Jews of captivity went back… but, for those who did, the trip was difficult. And life in Jerusalem would be demanding. But the courageous did God’s will. And a new life was about to begin.
No matter how you may have failed God in the past… or how many times, God gives you an opportunity for a new beginning.