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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Don’t Rely On Wisdom, Strength Or Wealth

In review of Jeremiah 9:23 it says, “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.”

Bottom Line:
The Lord says: Don’t brag about your wisdom or strength or wealth.

What this means to me:
I should never glory or brag about my wisdom, boast about my skills or strength or even be proudful for what I own and what I make.

Today’s verse comes from Jeremiah chapter 9.  In it Jeremiah lays out the people’s conditions because of their choice to not follow God.  What is happening to them is directly related this. In it Jeremiah prophesies and speaks what God tells him, and part of this is section not bragging about wisdom, strength and wealth.

I’m learning that the secret of really knowing God is discovered when I know what God’s purpose is for my life.  Do I know what his top priority is for me. More importantly does God’s priority for me, match mine.

I’m told my top priority is not to glory in wisdom, which becomes a type of intellectual idolatry. If I trust my own wisdom (or of those around me) over God’s, then I will not seek Him first or be able to know what His will is for my life.  How can I give God the glory for my life if I’m not trusting Him to lead me.

Also I am not to glory in riches. Wealth and fame will not bring me peace, and they are fleeting. Only the Prince of Peace can give me the health to sleep soundly through the night.

God is an awesome God! Living beneath His standard is not what He wants for me. I am one of the most important things on His agenda, and I should put Him in a place of honor: at the top of my list.