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Let Not the Mighty

May 6, 2016

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Let Not the Mighty

In our human nature,  we really don’t have to be much  of anything  to start boasting  about something.     People  of all ranks  will boast  and go through all sorts  of posturing  to try  and fluff up  their self-esteem.     Nobody wants  to be looked upon  as being  on the bottom rung  of the ladder  of success.     But,  all this building up  of ourselves  in the eyes  of others  —  and before God  —  is of no value.     It’s worthless.

Jeremiah 9:23-24  helps us  get our heads  on straight.     It says,

Thus says  the LORD,  “Let not a wise man boast  of his wisdom,  and let not  the mighty man boast  of his might,  let not the rich man boast  of his riches;  but let him  who boasts  boast of this,  that he understands  and knows Me,  that I am the LORD  who exercises lovingkindness,  justice,  and righteousness  on earth;  for I delight  in these things,”  declares  the LORD.    

How opposite  of the world’s boasting!     The right kind  of boasting  points only  to the greatness  of God Almighty.     The right kind  of boasting points only  to truth  —  not to a pretentious  and hopeful  self-image.

It is only when  we realize  and truly understand  that no matter what is happening  around us,  God certainly  “exercises lovingkindness,  justice,  and righteousness  on earth,”  that  we can begin  to humbly trust  in the LORD’s ways  for our lives  on this earth.

Jeremiah had  to endure all sorts  of afflictions  all his life.     His preaching  was either ignored  or mocked  or punished.     He endured imprisonments  and threats  to his life.     His heart was broken  over the idolatry  of Israel  and their lack  of respect  for the LORD.     No matter what sort  of trial  Jeremiah had  to face,  he remained God’s faithful messenger  to the people  —  even when they were conquered  by the heathen Babylonians.

In all  of this,  Jeremiah realized  that whatever  was happening,  the LORD was  in control  and that the LORD’s  “lovingkindness,  justice,  and righteousness”  would work all things  to His glory  in the end  —  even as it included  the horrific punishments  of being overtaken  by the Babylonians.

We need  to be like Jeremiah  in understanding  and knowing the LORD  so well  that we trust Him implicitly  in every single trial,  tribulation,  and temptation.     When we honestly learn  to understand  and know the LORD,  He will have reason  to  “delight”  in us,  just as He delights  in  “lovingkindness,  justice,  and righteousness.”     We will still have  to continue facing life  in this world  as it is,  but like Jeremiah,  in the midst  of our problems,  we will have  the  “peace  of God,  which surpasses  all comprehension.”    (Philippians 4:7)

Knowing the love  of God  and walking  in His ways,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You know  all the anguish  in our hearts  and You know how  to use it  to mold us  into being better children  and servants  for You.     Thank You  for Your abiding comfort,  peace,  and love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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