Friday, March 30, 2012

  Brag About God

This is what the Lord says: “The wise must not brag about their wisdom. The strong must not brag about their strength. The rich must not brag about their money. But if someone wants to brag, let him brag that he understands and knows Me (the Lord God). Let him brag that I am the Lord, and that I am kind and fair (with unfailing love), and that I do things that are right (and just) on earth. This kind of bragging pleases Me,“ says the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NCV).
The prophet Jeremiah wept for the people of Judah who ignored the Lord God and His commands. Lying, cheating, boasting, betrayal, greed, adultery, and idolatry had become common sins (see also Matthew 23:37).  Sadly, people often admire these common sins because they sometimes lead to riches, power, and worldly wisdom. The scholars might boast about their knowledge and intellect. The business executives might flaunt their power and high position.  Wealthy people might show off their riches by wearing fine clothes and constructing big houses. However, in the end, all of these things lead to emptiness in God’s eyes. 

God wants all people to personally know Him as God and live a life that reflects His love, mercy, kindness, justice and righteousness (see also Micah 6:8). The Lord God wants our boasting of Him and knowing Him as God (1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:17). Let's all boast and brag not about money, houses and human wisdom but about knowing God!

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