2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36
After the King of Babylon did his smack down on Jerusalem, the people were exiled for seventy years…exactly the time pronounced earlier by Jeremiah. But the land was not desolate for seventy years. God used that time to heal it, and perhaps to heal the hearts of his people.
“21 The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah.” (2 Chronicles 36)
Once again, the Lord brought rest and restoration out of pain and suffering. This is a truth about the Lord that I wish my heart would see more often…usually the complainer in me creeps out at the slightest suggestion of pain and suffering, or loneliness and depression. I’d like to be able to view my heart as a landscape similar to the one the Lord healed. It took seventy years to weed out all the sin and disgusting practices…but it was done.
And that’s all the walking these fingers are going to do tonight….now it’s time for some rest in the land of nod for me!