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
Boasting is rampant among people in all areas of society. It is not just with the wealthy or the poor, but most people boast about something. Often it is a boasting when they have something or do something better than someone else.
People want to look better in the eyes of others, so they boast about themselves.
God tells the people to not boast, unless they are boasting about knowing and understanding Him and who He is.
Strength and wealth are temporary things of this earth. The wisdom of man is worthless compared to the wisdom of God. Yet people will boast about themselves in these three areas on a regular basis. It makes them appear as though they are something, when in reality they are nothing without God.
Boasting like this can even occur inside the church. Some will boast about their being a member of a certain group, or boast about their position in the church, or how much they give.
God does not like boasting in this way, because without Him, none of these things would be possible. It is God who gives a person strength, wisdom and wealth.
Believers need to boast about knowing God and who He is. There can never be enough said about who God is and what He is like. When Jesus is lifted up, He can then lift the believer up and reach the world for the lost.
While you may have accomplished many things, none of them were accomplished without God’s help in your life. You do not even have the ability to breath without God giving you the breath.
Take a moment to think about what you are talking to others about. Are you boasting about yourself and things you have accomplished? Are you boasting about other people? Or are you boasting about God?
Think about all the things God has done in your life. Count all the blessings He has already given you. Now talk about these things. Boast about His great love, mercy, and grace in your life. Lift Him up, not yourself.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love in your life; that God will help you remove all boasting about yourself in your life; and that you will lift God up every chance you get.