by John Michalak
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.
You’ve probably heard the saying: “Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it!”
We pray because we have a need. We want to be married. We need money to pay the bills. We want to be released from a trial and we cry out to God for relief.
But, here in Jeremiah, God addressed people who were to spend seventy years in exile. And in the previous verses, God tells them to make the most of it. Accept where God has placed you. Build houses. Plant gardens. Start a family. Be of service in your place of trial.
The issue is always one of perspective. We pray out of need from our perspective. God answers us according to His perspective. God knew what was best in Jeremiah’s day. God knows what’s best for us today.
So, be careful what you ask for. Trust that God always has your ultimate good in mind. No matter how long your trial may last, He’ll always show you how to live in hope and build a future if you seek Him with all your heart.