The God’s chosen people is on Holy Captivity; under divine training through sufferings, trials, and disciplines purposely not to put them under calamity but rather summons them to saintly maturity with their future perfection, happiness, and glory in view.
God’s Captivity is not a Calamity
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. —Jeremiah 29:11 [NASB]
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us—none can compare to You—if I proclaim and declare them, they are more than I can count.—Psalm 40:5 [BSB]
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. —Isaiah 55:8 [KJV]
God’s purpose in captivity is not to bring calamity, rather, brings about the restoration of peace, prosperity, and the future welfare of as a chosen people.
God’s Captivity Summons Saintly Maturity
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. —Jeremiah 29:12-13
Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. —Jeremiah 33:3 [ESV]
So, I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. —Daniel 9:3 [NASB]
‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’—Jeremiah 29:12-14
God’s captivity summons the chosen people’s elevated sole desire to love Him; bringing back unto them the spirit of prayerfulness, truthfulness of the heart, and heartfelt desire to find Him; restoring them back into a prosperous nation.