“This is what the Lord says: ‘Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!'” (Jeremiah 9:23-24, New Living Translation)
Boastful arrogance doesn’t look good on anyone. An arrogant person may gain popularity, but they are rarely respected. Why do we so often engage in self-deprecating humor? Because we don’t want to risk the appearance of arrogance.
I want you to notice that the Lord did not say that there is anything inherently wrong with wisdom, power, or riches. They are just not boast-worthy. And if they become our focus, we risk worshiping the gift rather than the Giver.
The word translated “boast” in this passage can also be translated “glory” or “celebrate” or even “shine.” In what should we glory or celebrate? Only personal knowledge and understanding of God. On what should we shine? Only the character and works of God in the earth.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, New American Standard Bible)
Question: How can you be sure you are shining today?
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