Boasting in the Lord.
[Jeremiah 9:23-24] 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, 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.”
I very, very rarely get the remark that I am a humble person. And the few that I do get are, I think, more of exaggerations or false positives. I do think, though, that humility should be relatively easier to strive for for the Christian than not.
If you could see all the things I do, I would not have anything to boast about. If you could hear all the things I say, I would not have anything to boast about. If you could perceive all the things I think, I would not have anything to boast about. On the very first moment of your understanding, you would not hesitate to depart from me, repulsed by the sheer filth of my rotten sins uncovered.
My friends, my standing before even you is at best a farce before the eyes of God, who can see, hear, and perceive all the things I do, say, and think, every single day of my life.
No reservoir of wisdom, might, and riches would allow me to boast over God, saying, “My own hand has saved me.” So I shall boast in the Lord because he abundantly provides me with His steadfast love, justice, and righteousness through Christ. His dripping blood had my name written all over it. I was the cause of that blood. I was the purpose of that blood. He drained his blood for my sins so that I may be part of his bloodline. There has been no greater love. There is no greater love. There will be no greater love.
I will boast only in your love, my God. For you are my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I shall boast in the Lord because He is my God who loved me too much to leave me where I am. I shall boast in the Lord because He is my God who loved me too much to leave me as I am. He did not allow my repulsive sins deter him. Like the good Samaritan, he chose the only way to pay for my redemption and recovery through his righteousness.
Though, I must confess, I cannot fathom why he loves me; I cannot understand his reasoning. I have done nothing for you. I sat on your lap only to slap your face. I slept under the blanket that you provided and then questioned the manner in which you provided it. Why would you call me? Why would you justify me? Why would you glorify me? Oh my Lord and my God, your ways are higher than my ways and your thoughts higher than my thoughts. Though I lack understanding, I will boast in this, my God. That you know me. That you care for me. That you love me.
He loves us! OH HOW HE LOVES US!