Do Not Boast

Do Not Boast

Jeremiah_17-7-2: Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Jeremiah_17-7-2: Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Jeremiah 9: 23 – 26

 

What do you make of the following statements, “I built this factory with my sweat,” “I raised my children without help from anybody,” “I paid my way through university.” Before you judge and condemn them as boasting, consider the statements, “I will call you later” or “I will see you tomorrow.” You probably have decided not to “cast the first stone.” To boast is to brag or speak with arrogance or pride.

 

 

The Word of the Lord that Jeremiah delivered to his countrymen in our Passage for today cautioned against boasting. He says “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches.” God admonished that the boasting of man should be in his understanding and knowledge of God as the sovereign Lord.

 

The Philistine champion, Goliath, was nearly 10 feet tall. He was a giant who took a lot of pride in his physical attributes. He met his defeat and death in his encounter with young David. Let us consider David’s response to the giant’s ranting; “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” David demonstrated clearly that he had a good understanding and knowledge of God and that is why he was able to do great exploits for God as recorded in the Bible. “My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice,” he declared in Psalm 34: 2.

 

It is our continual duty to boast in the Lord and ascribe our achievements to His providence. This is delightful in the sight of the Lord.

 

MEMORY VERSE:

Jeremiah 9: 23. “This is what the Lord says, “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches.”

 

PRAYER:

Lord, don’t allow me to be presumptuous in my utterances and attitude but make me humble and obedient to Your will in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Acts 8

1 Chron 21-22

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