Today’s Passages – Jeremiah 7 -9; Proverbs 16
(Second Milers also read – Acts 6 – 8; Memorize John 15:7)
“Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” – (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
These verses jumped out at me while I was doing my devotions this morning. God says that we are not to glory in our own wisdom, strength, or wealth; but rather, we are to glory in the fact that we know God, and, more importantly, that He knows and loves us. The three assets that God mentions in verse 23 are the three things that can make a person swell up with pride. I remember when I was growing up in school that it seemed that kids that were popular were either very smart, very strong and athletic, or very rich. I always envied people that was blessed in one or more of these areas. Every once in a while there would be somebody that possessed all three. At the time I thought that those people were very lucky. However, if you think about it, being gifted or blessed in one of these areas can be a real stumbling-block. Think about it. People who seem to have it all when it comes to gifts and abilities tend to rely upon themselves rather than trust in God.
God wants us to depend and glory in Him. All that we have we have received from Him. We brought nothing with us when we entered the world. Everything that we possess was given to us, including our talents and abilities. Why should we be proud of them? What we should be excited about, however, is that we are the children of God.
I am reminded of a passage in the New Testament that carries with it the same thought as this one in Jeremiah:
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” – (Luke 10:20)
In this passage Jesus tells the disciples to not get too excited about what God may do through you, but rather get excited about the fact that you are God’s child, and that you have a relationship with Him. We are really just tools in the hands of and awesome God. When we see a beautiful house, we don’t get excited about the hammer or saw that may have been used in the process; but we do give honor to the builder. God is the One who gives us our gifts, and He is the one that places us in positions where we can be used of Him. If you are rich, use your money for the Lord’s work. If you are strong, get in the Lord’s army and serve Him as a soul winner. If you are wise, use your wisdom to counsel God’s people or to teach the Word of God. But remember, don’t glory in the gifts that God gives you, glory in Him. Don’t steal any of God’s glory.
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