We must consider, and realize that every word from God is not pleasant, comfortable, or encouraging. Many times it is not what we want to hear. Hear the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet to king Zedekiah…
“Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.” Jeremiah 37:17 (KJB)
The following is from the Commentary of Matthew Henry:
“When the Chaldeans had withdrawn, he only sent to the prophet to pray for him; but now that they had again invested the city, he sent for him to consult him. Thus gracious will men be when pangs come upon them. 1. The king sent for him to give him private audience as an ambassador from God. He asked him secretly in his house, being ashamed to be seen in his company, “Is there any word from the Lord? (Jer_37:17) – any word of comfort? Canst thou give us any hopes that the Chaldeans shall again retire?” Note, Those that will not hearken to God’s admonitions when they are in prosperity would be glad of his consolations when they are in adversity and expect that his ministers should then speak words of peace to them; but how can they expect it? What have they to do with peace? Jeremiah’s life and comfort are in Zedekiah’s hand, and he has now a petition to present to him for his favour, and yet, having this opportunity, he tells him plainly that there is a word from the Lord, but no word of comfort for him or his people: Thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon. If Jeremiah had consulted with flesh and blood, he would have given him a plausible answer, and, though he would not have told him a lie, yet he might have chosen whether he would tell him the worst at this time; what occasion was there for it, when he had so often told it him before? But Jeremiah was one that had obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful, and would not, to obtain mercy of man, be unfaithful either to God or to his prince; he therefore tells him the truth, the whole truth. And, since there was no remedy, it would be a kindness to the king to know his doom, that, being no surprise to him, it might be the less a terror, and he might provide to make the best of bad. Jeremiah takes this occasion to upbraid him and his people with the credit they gave to the false prophets, who told them that the king of Babylon should not come at all, or, when he had withdrawn, should not come again against them, Jer_37:19. “Where are now your prophets, who told you that you should have peace?” Note, Those who deceive themselves with groundless hopes of mercy will justly be upbraided with their folly when the event has undeceived them.” Matthew Henry Commentary
God does not have ill intent toward the king, the nation of Judah, or the people. He desires to bless them. He desires to bless you; to bless us today; if we will but hear His word concerning our sin, our Savior – who is Jesus His Son – and hear Him and believe.
For further study see There is a Word from GOD”.