For I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down…
The distressed and afflicted for his sake he ever regards with special attention and interest. "The captives are dearest to God." Banished from Palestine, they are still "his banished ones," and he will make them to return. Those who are undergoing severe trials, in circumstances, in faith, etc., but who are truly seeking after God, are to be comforted with this word. It is a promise that has been gloriously fulfilled. It pledges -
I. GOD'S CARE.
2. Provision, temporal and spiritual.
Although we see him not, he ever sees us and regards us with complacency and love.
II. GOD'S FAVOR. This indicates interest, but because of something evoking it - the first germs of faith and repentance. When others see them not, he sees the longings of the soul and its efforts after better things; and he will further them.
III. GOD'S GUIDANCE. Although they were led away into a strange land and amidst an alien people, he would never lose sight of them; but, directing their footsteps, would bring them back again to the land they had left and to himself. It was a strange way, but it was God's way, and his influence would be continually in them and upon them for good. It is the surest proof that God's eye is upon us for good when his Spirit is within us. As many as are led of the Spirit are the children of God. - M.
Parallel VersesKJV: For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.