BOAST ABOUT THIS!
God tells the people of Judah to be careful:
“For death has crept in through our windows and has entered our mansions. It has killed off the flower of our youth: Children no longer play in the streets, and young men no longer gather in the squares” (Jeremiah 9:21).
Sounds a little like the danger we see on nightly newscasts. Instead of shaking our heads in anger, maybe we should pay attention to what God told his people.
This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom, or the strong boast of their strength, or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
GOD TOLD HIS PEOPLE NOT TO BOAST OF THREE THINGS. WHAT WERE THEY? (23)
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE WISE, AND GOD SHOWED YOU OTHERWISE?
We may not stand and brag about ourselves, but we can exhibit a boastful spirit by:
- Not noticing or responding to the needs of others
- Sizing up people without knowing who they really are
- Withholding our offerings to God as an expression of our gratitude and daily dependence on his is mercy
In an effort to not appear prideful, many stop boasting about anything. But God tells Judah THEY DO HAVE SOMETHING TO BOAST ABOUT.
WHAT ARE THE WISE TO BOAST ABOUT? (24)
Those who are wise can KNOW GOD – He’s not just a distant Creator, but our Intimate Savior who longs for us to draw near. He also regularly cares for us. Stop and consider how God has broken into your life and into our chaotic world to exercise kindness, justice and righteousness. Then ask how we can do the same.
“Lord, how can I exhibit your kindness to someone?
“How can I promote your justice or be a model of your righteousness?”
“How can I live to bring you delight today?”