Jeremiah 9:23-24…Thus says 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 who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the LORD.
Yesterday, we discussed about the Lord’s return to the earth. It will be like a thief in the night according to the scriptures, We discussed about the remedy that can help us to get ourselves ready for His return so that we will not be caught unawares and that was practicing Love which covers multitude of sins. Today we want to discuss what the LORD says “He delights in that can please Him if we can put our hearts to it”. The first warning that He spoke to us about is that we should not focus on ourselves. Focusing on ourselves will lead us to thinking that whatever we have, were gotten by our own selves, or whatever we were able to do or that we have done came from our own strength. Also we will assume that the money we have gotten, that is our riches, came from our sweat. and the successes or victory that we have gotten came from our technical know-how. All these are erroneous assumptions that can open doors for Satan to start to lead us astray. If we are not careful we will start to puff up and forget our source from where we came and gotten all our wisdom, might and riches.
Can Solomon boast of his wisdom? The night that the LORD appeared to him in his dream, he knew he could not handle the position he was occupying without God helping him and so he asked for wisdom of God so as to guide him to make the right decision in his governance of the people. God was happy with this request and not only did he give him what he asked, he also gave him honor and wealth beyond any king before him. Surely in every thing he did, his fame spread beyond the coast of Israel, and people came from all over to witness the wisdom of Solomon. The glory that came from knowing who God is and what He is able to do, brought Solomon to the point that he became an icon in Israel. All the glory belongs to God. who is able to do abundantly above whatever we may think or ask.
Can David boast of killing Goliath? Of course not. He came to confront Goliath because of his knowledge of who God of Israel is. He told Goliath that God will give him his head to cut off and give to the birds of the air. God had already demonstrated this to him while lion and bear attacked his flock. He helped him to kill both the lion and the bear and saved his sheep and David himself. So David armed himself with the knowledge of God of Israel that he had come to know and love.these years. God of Israel is a loving God that comes to the rescue of his children and he delivered the terrorist of the Philistines (Goliath) into the hand of David through a stone. Jabez who was going through series of problems also called on the God of Israel, because he had knowledge of who God is. He knew the awesomeness of God and that He would answer him anytime he called on Him. He asked for specific things from God and God answered him and even added a feather to his cap by making him more honorable that his brethren.
The God of the universe wants us to know Him and understands Him that He exercises lovongkindness , judgment and righteousness on the earth. Knowing Him as the judge of the earth, should make us to fear Him and abide by His regulations and statutes. The Bible tells us that our lives are naked before Him, therefore we cannot hide from Him, and we are accountable to Him alone, Therefore whatever we do we should do it unto the Lord with trembling and fear. He called Abraham and told Him to walk before Him and be perfect. He is a righteous judge and wants everyone to run away from evil and do good. Because He is a good God, and merciful God He wants us to behave the same way among ourselves. Psalm 103:2-6 says ” Bless the LORD O my soul and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all mine sins and heals all my diseases. Who redeems my life from destruction and crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Who satisfies my mouth with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s.. The Lord executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed”.
Whoever recognizes the excellent work that the LORD does on earth should boast in knowing and understanding Him. I am always happy and full of appreciation that the LORD made Himself known to me by drawing me closer to Him. I do not fear man or enemy because I know He will fight for me. He has also promised never to leave me nor forsake me, therefore 24/7 He is by mine side. He guides and directs my daily activities because I release everything to Him. I trust Him and lean on Him.
Therefore, brethren you cannot boast in your riches which cannot save you in time of trouble, neither can you depend on might or military strength to save you in time of war. We read in the scriptures how Gideon’s army was reduced from 20,000 footmen to 300 to fight the battle that had already been won. Children of God, when God is with you nobody can be against you. Therefore make your boast only in the LORD because arm of flesh will fail you, but Jesus never fails. If you have not solidified your faith in Jesus, please do say today, and the LORD will perfect everything that concerns you in Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer..Lord show yourself strong in my life so that those that are still doubting who you are can run to you to accept You as their Lord and Savior, Amen.