God allowed the exile of the people of Judah to Babylon with a desire to teach them he expected better of them than the idolatry and base lack of respect he had seen.
It was always God’s intention to have a remnant of his people return because he had plans for them. Ultimately, the remnant would return to their homes and, having learned the hard lessons of exile, they would learn to serve God anew as God intended.
In the prophets, the Lord God repeatedly reassured his people. In one passage, God said, “Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any,” (Isaiah 44:8 ESV).
When the exile finally came, people were terrified by what they saw and were afraid of what their captors would do to them, yet God continued to reassure his people. He said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” (Jeremiah 29:11).
It’s easy to be afraid of the unknown. The future seems so uncertain, especially in these difficult times. Whenever we’re tempted to fear, we should remember the God of heaven is with us and wants us to understand he’s on our side.
It is written, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”(Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV).
Those who have obeyed God and live their lives in Christ should have no fear of the future. God is already there.