And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem, and laid siege to it; they built siegeworks against it all around. 2So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 3On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine became so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. 4Then a breach was made in the city wall; the king with all the soldiers fled by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, by the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city. They went in the direction of the Arabah. 5But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho; all his army was scattered, deserting him. 6Then they captured the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah, who passed sentence on him. 7They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah; they bound him in fetters and took him to Babylon. (2 Kings 25:1-7, NRSV)
The Good News of God!
How do we get anything out of this to use today?
Where is the good news of God in all of this?
Where is Grace?
Well, sometimes it is yet to come. But if grace is still to come, where is the hope of grace?
The hope is always in Jesus, in God. In the promises that God has made to us as His children. Claimed and named by God so that we will be heirs with Jesus.
Not every story will be uplifting, but we have to have hope and know God works through all things for good.