Jeremiah Devotions #4: Good Boasting
Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah Chapters 9-12.
“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
In this passage of Scripture, the Lord is speaking to His people through the weeping prophet Jeremiah. Here he says, “Don’t boast in your wisdom, your strength or your riches. Don’t boast about who you are or what you have in your own abilities and talents.” Instead, He says, “If you are going to boast, boast in the fact that you know Me, the Lord, and understand who I am.”
The word “boast” means, “to speak with pride.” The Lord doesn’t say here that it’s wrong to boast. Rather, He says that if you’re going to glory – to boast – to speak with pride – that you make sure that it’s for the right reasons. Don’t boast that you’re wise, strong or rich. Rather, speak with pride about the fact that you know and understand the Lord – who He is. Because even the fact that we know the Lord is a gift of grace, and not boasting in our own abilities or talents!
Lord, the world tells me that success is all about being wise, strong, rich or famous. But in the Kingdom of God, you tell us that what’s most important is simply knowing You. I’m so thankful that I know you, Jesus – a God who is loving, just and righteous. Help me to shine forth in my life the reality of Christ in me, the hope of glory, so others can see how awesome you are. In Jesus’ name, amen!