I saw this theme a lot throughout the selected texts too (and in many many many others). When we turn from him, there are consequences but ultimately if we are able to reset and come back to him, he provides mercy. And that in itself sets an example for us and our conduct with others. I like your perspective that the path towards God is also the destination we have. I think that is insightful and goes back to an idea that CS Lewis talks about in Mere Christianity. That each little decision we make either turns us closer to or further from God, and that those little decisions ultimately inform big decisions and make marks on our souls.