..."Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD."

Jeremiah 9:23-24 

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Jeremiah 9:23-24

23 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (ESV)

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Something to boast about (Jer 9:23-24)

| Sep 21, 2014

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“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”—Jeremiah 9:23-24

When we enter this world we arrive as helpless babies, 100% dependent on others. As we get older we move gradually from being dependent to becoming independent. As we become independent we often forget how we got to where we are and we become prideful in what we think we are able to accomplish. In our self-centered world this seems to be the norm. Often our independent spirit is simply a cover up of our insecurities. And in this state of mind and heart we tell our stories, hoping others might like us and find delight in who we are.

Do you ever find yourself making much of yourself? I find that it slips in unexpectedly in many ways. For example, how I will talk about my day and make a reference to something I have done. I boast in order to make others think more highly of me or feel sorry for me. The focus is on me, whether boasting about my accomplishments or complaining about my failures. This is pride. Why is it that we allow pride to invade us so easily? It is because our sinful nature is just that—our nature. It comes naturally to act out of our sinful, prideful, self-centered nature.

The good news is that there is a remedy for us. When we recognize our independent, prideful spirit for what it is—sin—we can repent. Take it to Jesus who came to earth and lived the perfect life. He went to the cross to pay the price for my sin. He was buried and rose again on the third day as a payment for my sin. His justice, His love and His righteousness all seen in this one act! His work on my behalf. Now that is worth boasting about!

The end of this verse says, “For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” Do you want to be a part of bringing delight to the LORD? Then we must delight in what He delights in. He finds delight in His very acts of steadfast love, justice and righteousness. As we praise and make much of our Lord and His glorious deeds, let’s boast in our Lord’s steadfast, unfaltering love, speak about His justice and His righteousness. As we make much of Him and His glorious deeds the next generation will know that He is their hope.

The parable in Luke 18:9-14 provides a contrast between two individuals that exemplifies the teaching of Jeremiah 9:23-24. Which person in this parable characterizes you?

The sermon The Sinner’s Prayer (mp3, also available in iTunes) can be helpful as you meditate on these verses.

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Personalize It:

  1. What do you find easy to boast about? Why do you think that is?
  2. What is one thing you can do this week that will help you to understand and know God better?
  3. What do you need to put aside this week so that you can implement #2?
  4. Share (boast) about the Lord’s steadfast love, justice and righteousness with those around your dinner table tonight.


Ron Rudd (pictured here with his wife, Ann) serves as the Family and
Children’s Pastor at the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ron’s primary role, however, is as a husband and father. He and Ann have been married for 36 years and God has blessed them with 10 children (6 biological and 4 adopted). Together, Ron and Ann believe in the value of the family and of children in particular. You can read more of their thoughts on parenting on their blog, Parenting with Heart and Soul.
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