by: Ashea West.
Children placed in timeout for bad behavior tend to be calmer at the end of their break. This passage reminds me of that. The Israelites were captured by the Babylonians because of their disobedience to God. Like a good father, God did not exile them without hope. God reminded His people that their “timeout” was only for 70 years, and that He would be with them through this time. Then they would seek Him and find Him; they would see all the promises He had for them. When God puts us in a timeout, it is not because He does not love us but because He wants us to reflect and repent so that He can restore our relationship with Him.'