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; 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.
Good morning friends. By bringing these verses into context, we capture the essence of the word glory. For a minute, let us substituted it with the word boast… Then it sounds like this:
“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, nor let the rich man boast in his riches; but let him who boasts boast 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
In our walk of faith there seems to be no room for pride or ego. As one reads through the leaves of the holy writ; time after time references are made by different contributors in successive generations of their destructive attributes.
So, the writer of the proverbs noted:
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
The psalmist penned this line into the lyrics of one of his songs:
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.
James took his cue from the book of proverbs as he encouraged his friends in the faith:
Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.
So, if ever we boast it should be in honour to God, and as thanksgiving for His lovingkindness and tender mercies. The New Testament church had an acute understanding of this truth, hence Paul’s evaluation of his achievements and accomplishment were capture with these words:
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
They were simply nothing to be compared with his new found knowledge of Christ Jesus.
In the same vain I pray dear friends: that the we live the same experience as Paul; that we are immersed in God’s service, and that we dispense the fragrance of His love through our lives. Not in riches, not in might, not in wisdom. So like the psalmist, we will have the freedom to boldly declare:
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
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