A Great Reason to Boast

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).

I was reading some time ago in a devotional by Dr. John MacArthur and came across this verse and the following words which I now pass on to you. I hope you are as blessed by this devotional as I was!

“What a wonderful promise, that God delights in those who understand and know Him. We live in a world full of people who glory in the big string of degrees after their names. They want people to be impressed by their achievements, insights, and wisdom. While some people glory in their physical strengths, others glory in the business they’ve built. We meet a lot of people who glory in their riches. “Glory” means “to boast.” They proclaim it in the clothes they wear, the cars they drive, and the homes they own. That’s just the way human, fallen, simple creatures are. But the Lord God says this: “If you’re going to boast, boast in this, that you know and understand Me.” Which is wonderful news! I know the God of the universe. Why would I glory in human wisdom and might and riches when I know the God of the universe? And, even more wonderfully, He knows me.”   – Dr. John MacArthur

What an awesome thought! By the way, any wisdom, strength, or wealth we might possess or acquire has come from God, and He should receive the glory. “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:31). In other words, if we’re going to brag, let’s make sure we are bragging on the Lord and not on ourselves. To God be the glory, great things He has done!