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Let Not the Mighty Man

July 21, 2018


Let Not the Mighty Man…

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,”  and then 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!     My Lord,  You know all the anguish  in my heart  and You know how  to use it  to mold me  into being a better child  and servant  for You.     Thank you  for Your abiding comfort,  peace,  and love.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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