“Glory in This” #837

23  Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24  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. (Jeremiah 9:23–24, NKJV)

The Olympic Games give the world a chance to celebrate athletic excellence. They also remind us not to trust in personal accomplishments. Wisdom, strength and wealth ought to be viewed as blessings and opportunities, not as excuses to boast in self and forget God. Our benefits and blessings bring into focus the goodness of God toward us. Instead of reveling in our personal advantages (such as wisdom, strength or wealth), let us glory in knowing the Lord and in depending upon Him. His mercy, justice and righteousness fills the earth, and we reap these blessings of His goodness. Self-exaltation does not please the Lord. So, be careful to boast in the Lord and not yourself.

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