Read 2 Kings 17
Focus on verse 13-14
The Lord is ever seeking to draw the hearts of men to Himself. His love for the people He has created is repeatedly evident in the Old Testament. We too often give the Old Testament a bad rap because we interpret God’s actions as angry and vengeful, but nothing could be further from the truth. God repeatedly warns Israel through his prophets to turn from their evil ways, but they were stubborn, and did not listen, so His love (because perfect love is also perfectly just) moved Him to act in order to bring Israel into repentance.
Even when the Lord allows them to be taken out of the land and sends them into captivity, He does not abandon them. His motive for sending them into captivity is to get their attention, to call them back to Himself.
The Lord has not changed, and still is motivated by His love to use whatever means He finds necessary to give us every opportunity to respond to His love. The only thing He chooses not to do is to force us to love and obey Him because forced love is not true love. For this reason it is not unusual for Him to remove some of the things we have in our lives that we make more important than Himself. It is not to make us miserable or to punish us that He does this, but because He loves us and He knows that it is for our best that we keep Him in the proper place in our lives. The best way for us to keep our lives on track is to keep the Lord in first place as truly “Lord” of our life. When He is first, the rest tends to fall into its proper place. When He is not first, it causes many other things in our life to similarly be out of order.