Scripture: This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength, or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows 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
Observation: To the point, the Lord tells us with directness what is important in life and what he values in us.
Application: If I’m honest with myself, most of my life has been spent in the pursuit of happiness, fulfillment and contentment. The world provides a plethora of opportunities and tangible objects so that we can feel good about ourselves. However under close examination most of these are shallow and temporary.
Wisdom: Someone can have the highest degree our educational system can offer. They can have a career in which they have achieved the highest recognition, yet the feeling of euphoria for the accolades runs out.
Strength: Physical appearance can consume us. Hollywood has done an excellent job of warping our minds to believe that physicality is truly important. We go to the gym, pay for cosmetic surgery, and constantly diet to be accepted. However, with time our efforts fail and the satisfaction in the mirror is lost.
Riches: Money, credit, and that “I’ve got to have it now” attitude that we see everywhere in our society finishes our futile pursuit of happiness.
Looking at this scripture saddens me because it is so true for me. Why can’t I be content with knowing you Lord? Why do I put you on the back burner as I pursue happiness in the world? If I fully understood you that knowledge would fill my life with contentment and the pressure of having worldly happiness would fade. If I couldn’t hear Satan whisper to me and distort my thinking, I could find contentment in you and you only Lord. If I could let your word rule my mind you would fill my heart with joy.
Prayer: I’m weak in this world Lord. This last year has been rough and a test for my faith in you. I have failed you Lord. I have lost my ability to concentrate on you and let your will be my guide. Lord, my failure and sin have affected my relationship with my husband and those I love. Lord, I surrender the mess I have made to you and I ask forgiveness. Help me Lord. Give me the clarity of mind to find my way back to you. I ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen