03 Oct II Kings 13:23

23 But the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for them…

God was waiting. He did not want to see His people destroyed, hurt, or enslaved. He was waiting for them to repent before things got really, really, bad. Sound familiar? Kind of like your parents are with you, right?! I bet they are pretty patient on your bad days and so is God! Do you need to talk to God or your parents and ask them to forgive you for anything?