July 14, 2021
“This is what the Lord says: The wise person should not boast in his wisdom; the strong should not boast in his strength; the wealthy should not boast in his wealth. But the one who boasts should boast in this: that he understands and knows me— that I am the Lord, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. This is the Lord’s declaration.” – Jeremiah 9:23-24
What are you most proud of? We have probably all seen people who want to show off their brand-new boat or their fancy car. We’ve probably also run into people who try to make it painfully clear how smart and well-educated they are. And I know you’ve seen that guy walking around the store who has clearly picked out his outfit for the day in order to show everyone how many muscles he has. We all have different aspects of our lives that we are very proud of, and all of it, save one, is a worldly and sinful pride.
Jeremiah 9 gives us a glimpse into what it looks like to have Godly pride. The Scripture tells us that we should definitely take pride in something, but not the things the world takes pride in. What if, as men and women of God, our greatest pride was in the fact that we know the Lord? What if, when everyone else is showing off their fancy cars and their big muscles, we can’t wait to share what we learned about God this week? Ask God to search your heart this week and show you the worldly pride that lives there. And then ask him for a whole new intimacy and understanding of him that will have you beaming with Godly pride everywhere you go.
Heavenly Father, shape our hearts in such a way that our greatest and most passionate pursuit in all life is to understand and know Your faithfulness, love, justice, and righteousness more and more every day.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon