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, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
The people of Judah were boasting in their own wisdom and strength. Some even boasted that they were God’s people because they were circumcised. But all these things were meaningless because they had turned their backs on God and were living their own way. And so judgment was about to fall on them.
What about you? What are you proud of? Your education? Your job? Your wealth? Your position? The things that you own? They are all meaningless if you don’t know the Lord.
This doesn’t mean that we just know about God. Many people know about God. Satan knows more about God than probably any of us do. But do we truly know him? Do we walk in close relationship with him, delighting in the things that he delights and despising the things he despises? Do we even know God well enough that we know what he delights in and despises?
To truly know God and what he’s like. Now that’s something to boast about. And it’s a lifelong process. To not only know what he delights in and despises, but to have our minds transformed so that we delight in and despise the same things that he does.
How much time do we spend getting to know God? How much time do we spend with him everyday? Is it a priority in our lives? Paul wrote this,
I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. (8-11)
To know Jesus was Paul’s passion. Is it yours?
Lord, I want to know you more. Lord, light a fire in my soul that I might pursue you with all my heart. Too often, I let that fire grow dim. Renew the passion in me to know you. To make you first in my life above all things. That I would consider all other things dung compared to my pursuit of you. I long to know you more. Reveal yourself to me. In Jesus name, amen.