Jeremiah 9:23-24 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: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.
It is commonplace for the rich to boast about their great riches. Similarly, those who are highly educated will brag about that accomplishment and those who have performed miracles in the name of Jesus will celebrate what they have done. Nothing is wrong with celebrating earthly accomplishments; it is good, but we should never forget that what really matters is to know God. When Jesus sent out the 70 disciples in Luke 10, the disciples celebrated the fact that the demons were subjected to them. Jesus told them that they should not rejoice because the demons were subjected to them, but rather that their names are in heaven. The intent of Jesus’ words was to ensure that His disciples never lost sight of what really matters.
What really matters is to know God. God wanted the people of Judah to change their ways and so the approach that He took in Jeremiah 9:23-24 was to seek to redirect their focus towards Him. Their focus was on their wisdom, riches and might. In redirecting their focus God told them not to boast about their wisdom, riches or might, but instead to glory in that they know and understand God.
What we talk about is not only an indication of our focus, it also highlights what is most important to us. The people of Judah had made these things more important than knowing God. By telling them to glory in knowing and understanding Him, God was directing them to let Him be what was most important for them. Troublesome times were ahead for Judah, and their wisdom, riches and might could not save them. Their deliverance would come by letting knowing God be what is most important to them. Don’t make the mistake of letting anything else be more important than God in your life. It is just not worth it on so many different levels.
Life Application: Live everyday making God the most important being to you, by prioritizing spending time studying his words and sitting at His feet.
Prayer: Lord, help us to place you at the highest place. You deserve our unwavering focus and attention. Help us to keep our eyes on you. In Jesus’ name, amen.