"You said, ‘Woe is me! For the Lord has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.’ Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord: Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up—that is, the whole land. And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not...” - Jeremiah 45:3–5
Power, prestige, position... the stuff that drives men mad and nations into chaos. For many people, to be great in eyes of the world has more value than gold or silver. On the other hand, to be without fame and fortune, and just average is a nightmare for many. The real problem is, while seeking great things for ourselves, we end up missing the blessings of life.
This passage is incredibly poignant. While the Lord is in the very process of breaking down and plucking up all His great work, this man is grieving over his personal pain and weariness. There doesn't appear to be any consideration on Baruch's part for the Lord's grief over the apostasy of His people. His only interest is to find personal rest and achieve great things for himself, while missing the blessings of life.
Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10). It sounds like the Lord's counsel to Baruch... "Seek them not... But, I will give you your life as a prize" There are many thieves in life, and some are deep within our hearts. Seeking great things for selfish gain is certainly one of those thieves that ultimately rob us of the blessings of life.