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Peacemaker Ministries Devotion: Boast in God

by P. Brian Noble / March 8, 2021

Scripture

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 Lordwho practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23–24, ESV)

Thoughts

In this passage, God is speaking, and he gives us two lists: things to boast in and things not to boast in.

  • Do not boast
    • in your own wisdom
    • in your own might
    • in your own riches
  • Do boast
    • that you understand and know God
    • that God practices steadfast love, justice and righteousness
    • that God delights in steadfast love, justice and righteousness

It’s very easy to boast about our own wisdom or might or riches. Most of the time, we don’t blatantly boast about these things, but we do so covertly in our day-to-day actions and decisions. We are actually boasting about our own wisdom when we don’t inquire of God about our daily decisions. Often we make our own decisions without regard for God’s leading or truths. Quietly living in our own strength is also a way of life for many of us.Don’t worry about me, Lord – I’ve got this. I’m educated and I know how to handle this. Or, I’ve lived a long time. I’m an experienced professional, trained in this area. As for our riches oh, it’s easy to subtly boast there. Well, my bank account is healthy, so I can handle this situation. Or, I don’t need to ask God how he wants me to spend my money; I’m paying my tithes and offerings. Isn’t that enough?

There’s a problem with this kind of thinking. God has been clear about what happens when we boast in ourselves and depend on our own wisdom, strength, and riches. The Message makes this plain in Jeremiah, as God explains why things aren’t going well for his people:

“Because they abandoned my plain teaching. They wouldn’t listen to anything I said, refused to live the way I told them to. Instead they lived any way they wanted. . . .”(Jeremiah 9:13-14a, MSG).

So instead of boasting in ourselves, let’s boast about God’s steadfast, loyal love for us. Let’s boast that he practices justice and doesn’t wink at sin. Let’s boast that God delights in doing the right thing.

Application

Where or what is your boasting in? The number one thing that makes reconciliation possible is figuring out where your boast is. Are you boasting in your wisdom or in God’s steadfast love? In your own strength or in God’s justice? In your riches or in God’s righteousness? Self-centered boasters will have a difficult time reconciling with others.

Prayer

Lord, help my boast to be in you and not in me. I want to be proud of who you are and keep my eyes on you. . . .Continue praying.

Tags: Peacemaker Wisdom, Relationship, rejoice, Reconciliation

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.