The reading for today is Jeremiah 9:23 KJV.
"Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:"
When we are born, we are totally helpless and dependent. As we mature, we develop skills which help us advance through our lives. We learn things. We get stronger. We earn. We are proud of our achievements --- and often forget from where all this originates.
Zion gloried in their teachers and wise ones; and in their army and prowess; and in their land and wealth. They forgot their gifts came from God, and God once again, was displeased. He had warned them of what was in store if they continued down that path.
How easy it is for us in our sinful nature to want to be recognized for what we have achieved. We want to bask in the warm glow of accomplishment. And yet we know that without God, we are lost. We are no longer little children who want to be praised when they boastfully bring home a really good report card. It can be difficult for us to go through a single day without using "I" many times in our conversations. It can be difficult to realize and admit the world doesn't revolve around us. Nor does the next world.
"But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord, which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight." (Jeremiah 9:24)
We glory in you, Most Merciful and Loving Lord. Keep us grateful for all you have provided for us, and keep our eyes centered on you so that you may delight in us. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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Prayer Concern: Those who whine or boast in order to get attention.