“Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds” (v11). God told the Israelites that while grace was His initiative, He also responded to human choices. He might have plans to “destroy” an evil nation, but their repentance changed that plan (v7). He may plan to “build and plant” a nation, but their rebellion would cause Him to “relent of the good” He had intended (v10). God is sovereign, yet our own response of faith and repentance matters.
“I will relent” (v8). We can rejoice that God doesn’t hold our past against us or leave us to fate. When we sincerely turn to Him, He forgives, purifies, and sets us on a better path.