Focus: Jeremiah 9:23-24 - KJV
23. 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.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Wisdom is of the Lord. Solomon was a king in Israel who was recognized for a high level of display of wisdom to the extent that kings and other personalities travelled far and wide to seek the wisdom he displayed in his time. Indeed, he wrote the book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Songs all in display of mastery of thoughts and poetry. Yet in the end, he acknowledged that everything about acquisitions, belongings and supposed classic sophistry is just vanity. It does not matter what a man knows or the brilliance he displays, all is drawn from God. When Solomon was pronounced king in Israel and he provoked God with unprecedented offering, God told him to ask what he would. And, since a person requests what he lacks, Solomon sought wisdom from the Lord and he was granted. That accounted for what the people saw in him and wanted to see him display, that made them travel to seek him.
Invariably, since the wisdom we display is received from God, we ought not to glory in ourselves or the thought that we display wisdom. Rather, we ought only to glory in knowing the source of wisdom and that we understand Him. Many had been said to be wise before, who in foolishness, glorified themselves for their riches or for oratory and what have you. Of course, they did not live to enjoy the benefit of such glorification. Recall the rich young fool who thought it was his wisdom that caused his barns to be filled. His life was taken from him the same night because he refused to glory in the knowledge and understanding of God. Herod was glorified by men for his oration and he was eaten up by worms. Man should rather glory in knowing and understating the source of wisdom, the one who gives liberally to everyone that lacks and asks for it. Jesus is the power and the wisdom of God. When we glorify Him, He is endeared towards us the more for our gratitude.
It is time to come down from the high horse we ride on believing that all we do is a product of our power or abilities. God is not gratified by our glorifying ourselves. His delight is in our understanding His ways and knowing His person as the loving, kind and righteous God, who watches over us and ensures we have that which we need, per time. And what shall it profit a man that gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Not to forfeit our souls, we are required to give delight to our God who is by Himself, our teacher in making wealth.
SOLUTION: Never again should we boast of anything as achievement but rather give glory to God for all things. Let us learn more of who God is and be glad of understanding His person instead.
Please pray: Dear heavenly father, thank you for ever revealing your person to us. Help us to know you more and understand your ways to walk in them in Jesus’ name. Let no vain glory take any of us over, in any circumstance dear Lord, in Jesus’ name.
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