Could this chapter be talking of the promises to believers in the next age? The wife forsaken and refused seems to tie in with our present state of bondage to futility, but then God says this will be short term, and we will be restored to our Maker, our Husband. Am I reading this correctly?
Just some thoughts (not really opinions)
I think the "ages" has reference to what MANKIND is going through...
I think that individuals go through the same experiences; one may be experiencing great futility while another at the same time may-- by God's great mercy, kindness, (Isa 54:7-8), grace, gift of faith be experiencing great peace. (Isa 54:10-13).
I think that MANKIND is currently going through great futility... and yet there are individuals who are experiencing great peace...
The lyrics from I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED have been on my mind and heart a lot---
Stanza 2 and 3
I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.
I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void. BUT IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH I PLEASE, AND IT SHALL PROSPER IN THE THING WHERETO I SENT IT.
One thing I have learned... He remains faithful to His Word... even when I have wandered far from Him or when circumstances (not always of my own making) bring great pain, struggles...