Boasting in the Father not ourselves

Boasting in the Father not ourselves

If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD. – 1 Corinthians 1:31

Jeremiah 9:23-24

 23 This is what the LORD says: Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

 24 But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!

Martin Luther died on February 18, 1546. In one of his pockets, he had placed a slip of paper reminding him, “We are beggars, that’s the truth.”

The self-help section of any bookstore is filled with hundreds of books offering guidance that will supposedly lead to a happy, successful, and meaningful life.

Throughout the millennia, people have sought to better themselves and improve their lot in life. Sadly, many self-help efforts have proved to be less than stellar. The urge for self-improvement actually began in the Garden of Eden. Being the Father’s highest created beings on planet Earth was not enough. They wanted more. They wanted to be like God (Genesis 3:5). But the results were horrendous and introduced sin into the human race.

Is there a more excellent way to help ourselves?

The wisdom and understanding needed are found in the greatest “self-help” book ever written: the Word of God. The Bible invites us to enter into a relationship with the Father God. He is the Supreme Being. He is the source of true wisdom. He is the Lord of lords the King of kings. He lovingly created all that is and set people at the pinnacle of His earthly creation. People alone are able to commune to Him.

Sadly it is part of our fallen DNA to become proud, arrogant, and boastful regarding our abilities and achievements. But in so doing, even children of the King forget that our talents and skills are all gifts from the Father of lights.

James 1:17 Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.

The prophet Jeremiah laments the unrepentant hearts and lack of humility of the people of Judah. They cannot see the forest through the trees.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

 23 Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

 24 But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!

REFLECT & PRAY

Our Father in heaven is the true designer and giver of all that we are! Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father (James 1:17).

Father may I honor You as the source of all the good and precious gifts You have provided. To You alone belong honor and glory. Teach me to boast only in You.

INSIGHT

The human race is the quintessence of the Father’s creation on earth. Yet we are lower in status and authority than angels.

Psalms 8:4-5

 4 What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?

 5 Yet you made them only a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.

Recognizing this has a tragic downside. Simply speaking we get carried away. Rather than recognizing and honoring the Father as the source of all, we focus on ourselves.

“Intelligence, power, and riches all give human beings the illusion of being in control – but the illusion always comes to an end. When we put our confidence in God alone, however, we find something worth our boasting” (Stanley).

Why was Judah so spiritually misguided in their devotion and boasting? Their values and priorities were terribly askew. Rather than embracing true wisdom, they preferred the earthly, unspiritual, and demonic wisdom of the world (James 3:15).

“True religion consists in a personal and existential knowledge of God, and in a commitment to those qualities displayed by Yahweh himself – unfailing loyalty, justice, and right dealing” (Thompson).

Our priorities reveal by our values.

Soli Deo Gloria: To God Alone Be the Glory (J.S. Bach).

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© Dr. H 2022

One thought on “Boasting in the Father not ourselves

  1. “Soli Deo Gloria: To God Alone Be the Glory”
    Amen!
    “Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.”
    “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory.”
    Psalms 115:1

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