Some things in life seem inevitable. The sun will rise in the morning, the seasons will change in time, and the kings of Israel and Judah will do what is evil in the sight of the Lord. Couple the propensity of God’s people to stray from His commandments with God’s repeated warnings of discipline, and the fall of Judah recorded in 2 Kings 24-25 probably seems as if it belongs on that list of inevitabilities. It certainly isn’t surprising for the reader who is paying attention, but the people of Judah winding up in exile in Babylon wasn’t inevitable either, not all along at least.
God’s warnings were neither empty threats nor divine theater. They were the genuine expressions of a loving Father, just as His warnings are to us today, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent” (Rev. 3:19). God’s desire for His people in Babylon is His desire for His people today–not destruction but discipline. Exile wasn’t the end of Judah’s story. By God’s mercy and grace, they would be sustained and restored. They would know and it isn’t the end for those He calls “sojourners and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11) today. God’s relentless love and His perfect justice are inevitable, so the words of Jesus resound, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).
Some things in life are inevitable but not as many as we might think. God pursuing His people–inevitable. God disciplining those He loves–inevitable. God keeping His promises–inevitable. You hearing His voice and opening the door–that’s the choice before you today.