This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know 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 (NIV)
Normally, we tend to boast about what we have. Often, that means it’s about material accomplishments. However, God wants to let us know that we should not brag about our achievements or our possessions. These things aren’t even worth it. It’s not even like what we’ve achieved is not achievable by anyone else. So, God says, since you want to boast, why not boast about being able to understand the experiences you have with me. These experiences show you who I am: kind, just, and righteous.
I’m glad I know the little that I do about God. Reason being, I’ve come to realise that he’s a God who really wants to be our friend, and he’ll reveal himself if we only desire to know him. I recall a time when I struggled to identify when/how he spoke to me. I mean, I would be going around asking my “more spiritual” friends to ask God questions for me and then tell me what he said. But get this, I went to church, I prayed (me doing allllllllll the talking of course), and I fasted occasionally so why couldn’t I hear from God for myself?
Little did I know that if I was depending on those friends to talk to God on my behalf, and be the middlemen, then I really had no desire to hear from him myself. Yet, in all this, God still wanted to show me how he speaks to me. He placed me in a situation where I became so uncomfortable not ‘knowing’ what he was up to and what he wanted me to do. He grouped me with other spiritual persons, yet I was never happy only hearing through them about what he said. And that began my journey with God, no longer a man in the sky that issued 101 commandments and was ready to condemn me to sin and death. It began a journey with a Being I now call “Daddy”, because he has my best interests at heart. He revealed the ways he spoke with me, mainly through his word. And he keeps revealing himself to me and his will for my life.
So, why would I dare to boast about the material things I’ve achieved when I can boast about a God who wants to talk to me? Which other god wants to talk to their people and get them to understand him? None that I know of. But the Most High God does. And through my relationship with him, I’ve fully understood that his love covers a multitude of sins and all he wants me to do is to keep trying my best to show him that I love him.
Now I conclude with a song that does nothing but boast about God. As a matter of fact, a section of the lyrics says:
Jah shower blessings upon me
And say me fi tell you me story (yeah)
Jah shower blessings upon me
And dats how I made it, give him the glo-ry
Take a listen to Toast, by Koffee.