but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:24)
Question: What’s it like to attribute God’s wisdom to your own, God’s strength to your own, God’s riches to your own? Or yet, what’s it like to attribute your wisdom to God, your strength to God, your riches to God?
Well both questions ask whether we’re going to be self praising or glory giving. Whether we’re going to know God by what we have or for who he is. Whether we’re going to live lives pursuant or captured. Pursuant of wisdom, might, and riches. Or captured by what the LORD delights in.
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;” (Proverbs 2:1-2)
I don’t believe God is bent on proving himself. But he is in disproving our perspectives. That without proper, sound, and demonstrated perspectives on wisdom, strength, and riches we are only boasting in things superficial to God. Whether God is given glory or not.
Let Not, Let Him
“yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,” (Proverbs 2:3-4)
God challenges us everyday, don’t you think? It’s a challenge to know and understand God. Let not your wisdom be your own: challenge. Let not your strength be your own: challenge. Let not your riches be your own: challenge.
We all like to think, at least I do, that we have something to say, that we know a few things, that we know how to spend our time, talent, and treasure. But God says different, he says, ‘let him who boast in what he says, shout out God’s love, let him who is strong, brag on the strength of God, let him who is rich, know that God rewards immeasurably.’
A Delighting-In Attitude
“then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” (Proverbs 2:5-6)
In conversation, conviction, or encouragement Christians can speak and act as though there was no one to glorify or to boast in but God.
Whether we’re doing the talking in a boardroom or sitting in on the meeting. Whether we’re teaching in a classroom or being taught. Whether we’re in our homes cleaning the dishes or eating off of them. Whether we’re striking up a conversation with a stranger or opening the door for them. Whether we’re replying to a comment on a blog or returning a phone call. We have an opportunity to understand and know God in the attitude we radiate.
We can leave meetings, classrooms, conversations, even our blogs as though we imparted our wisdom, our strength, and our riches onto another. Or we can attribute God to the practices of our lives: his love, his justice, and his righteousness.
“he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;” (Proverbs 2:7-10)
So let’s go Christians, if we’ve said anything, done anything, or have anything it should be in boast to our awesomely good God!