“I don’t want to eat my vegetables! I don’t want to do my homework!” If you’re a parent, you have (or will) hear comments like this from time to time. The issues might not be about vegetables or homework, but there will be something that doesn’t strike the child as “fair”. Of course, those complaints may even be followed with that old one, “You don’t love me!” The wise parent might lower their head and cringe, but they soldier on, and the child continues to be guided in the direction that’s best for them, even if they don’t see it yet.
The nation of Judah was in the middle of the biggest “time out” ever. The entire nation would eventually be moved to Babylon where they would sit for seventy years, learning to change their evil ways, and developing a new heart for God. Of course, some of them may have thought that God had abandoned them. Some may have thought that God no longer loved them. It wasn’t true. God loves His people. Loving parents know that difficult times might be necessary for a child’s maturity. God’s aim isn’t to destroy us but to help us. He has good plans. There is hope. Don’t despair.