29 Then shall they know that I am the Lord, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.
-The Lord pronounces judgment on His people here because of their severe wickedness. Since Israel refused to recognize the Lord when He blessed them, He promises that they will know Him when He exercises His judgment. What does that mean when a culture can neither identify God in His blessings or His judgment? We live in such a culture; a culture that asks, if God is real, how can He allow bad things to happen? What most cannot see is that God does not simply allow either good or bad, rather He is personally responsible for sending both the good and the bad. If the people cannot see God in His merciful kindness or His holy judgments on this side, then the people are destined only see Him at the last judgment. Make no mistake; every knee will bow, every tongue will confess, and every heart will understand that the Lord is real and there is no other. (Philippians 2:10-11, Isaiah 45:5)