God wants you to have your best life now. But His idea of your best life may differ from your own. Many look to Jeremiah 29:11 as justification for the idea that God wants us to be prosperous and comfortable. It reads,

“*For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope*.”

I have no doubt God means to prosper and care for all His children, but we have to be open to His ways and timing. A great example of that is the prophet Jeremiah himself, who just several chapters before he wrote the words above, said these words in prayer to God.

“*Cursed be the day on which I was born! The day when my mother bore me, let it not be blessed! Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father, “A son is born to you,” making him very glad. Let that man be like the cities that the Lord overthrew without pity; let him hear a cry in the morning and an alarm at noon, because he did not kill me in the womb; so my mother would have been my grave, and her womb forever great. Why did I come out from the womb to see toil and sorrow,

and spend my days in shame?*” Jeremiah 20:14–17

Jeremiah was one of the great servants of God in ancient Israel, he gave up his life’s hopes to be in God’s service as His prophet. But that did not exempt him from suffering and trials in his life. Jeremiah’s message was rejected by his fellow Israelites, Jeremiah was mocked and even tortured for speaking against the king. But he did not give up, he followed God’s call no matter how hard it became. We are not guaranteed comfort and wealth even if we serve God with our lives. In fact it may lead us into just the opposite, but God’s call is incontrovertible and we must trust His promise that He will give us a hope and a future.

-John Case

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