Due to their rebellion against God, all of Israel was taken away into captivity. The ten northern tribes were conquered by the Assyrians. The two southern tribes were eventually taken by the Babylonians. Israel and Judah ended up captives because of their disobedience to God. These nations were conquered for their refusal to repent.
As mentioned in my previous post, some writers have made comparisons between Judah’s experiences in Babylonian captivity to the church’s struggles in American culture. The church faces many struggles in our culture today. The struggles we face are not unlike the struggles Judah faced in Babylonian captivity. One similarity is that we are exiles living in a strange land. This world is not our home. Just as Judah was taken away into a strange and foreign land, the church doesn’t fit in with American culture. This is not the only similarity. What else does the church today have in common with Judah of old?
Another commonality the church shares with Judah is that we live in an age of uncertainty. Judah faced many questions as a nation. Imagine the experience of being dragged away from your home country. Everything in your life would be uncertain. Your mind would be racing with questions. “What’s going to happen to my country? What’s going to happen to my family? What’s going to happen to me? What’s going to happen next?” America also faces many questions as a nation. In reality, our minds are filled with these exact questions. We often wonder what’s going to happen to our country. We are concerned about our futures and the futures of our families. Listening to news reports often brings a sense of dread concerning what’s going to happen next. How can we deal with all of this uncertainty? God had a plan for Judah during their captivity. Jeremiah reveals God’s plan to Judah in Jeremiah 5:18. “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not make you a complete destruction.” Judah would pay the price for their disobedience. Nevertheless, God still had a plan for them as a people. God did not turn His back on His people.
Our age is full of uncertainty. You need to know there are some things that will never change. We can find certainty in these ever changing days. We can find certainty in God’s Word. Read Isaiah 40:8. These words were delivered to the nation of Judah while they were in Babylonian captivity. Even in these hard times, there was a place where Judah could anchor their lives. You can anchor your life on God’s Word. God’s Word is not going to change. God’s Word is certain. You can also find certainty in your mission as a Christian. God’s plan for the church is an eternal plan; an unchanging plan. Jesus’s words to His apostles in Acts 1:7-8 will continue to comprise God’s mission for His church. You can anchor your life on your unchanging mission from God. You can also anchor your life on God. God did not abandon Judah. Judah turned their backs on God. God was still there. God had not moved. James 1:17 and Hebrews 13:8 reveal the unchanging nature of God, the Father and God, the Son. You can anchor your life on God! We live in an age of uncertainty. What does our future hold? Consider the following; if you are in Christ, you are saved! If you are in Christ, you are forgiven. If you are in Christ, you are in the eternal kingdom. If you are in Christ, you have a mission. If you are in Christ, your future is heaven. There are better days ahead for those in Christ!