It sounds simple, almost mechanical. God is angry, we repent, and hopefully God will be merciful. But when you read the intervening verses (3-11), it is not so easy. There is a scene of utter devastation. It is announced in verse 2, “a great and powerful army comes.” “Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, but after them a desolate wilderness” (vs. 13).
Since World War II, it has been largely onward and upward; giving basis to what theologian Douglas Hall calls our “official optimism.” We have little conception of such a “day of darkness and gloom.”
Grace and peace, to you and yours,