The Lord proclaims: the learned should not boast of their knowledge, nor warriors boast of their might, nor the rich boast of their wealth. No, those who boast should boast in this: that they understand and know me. I am the Lord who acts with kindness, justice, and righteousness in the world, and I delight in these things, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24
Frankly, there’s a lot of scary stuff in the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah says all sorts of harsh words in an attempt to get God’s people to remember who they are as God’s tribe. But I find that today’s two verses kind of transcend time and circumstance.
Here’s the deal – we have strengths and weaknesses; we spend lots of time focusing on our weaknesses, but it turns out that sometimes our strengths can actually get us in trouble. Do you have a strength that you have relied on too much?
I watched a funny guy this week try to use humor to muscle his way through a terrible situation – it wasn’t pretty. I have a friend who has that angry man routine down – but when his wife got a cancer diagnosis what he needed was less mad man, more vulnerability.
Today, spend a few minutes asking yourself if perhaps you’ve leaned too heavily on your strengths. There’s more to you than you think! Remember who you are. You are a child of God. You have everything you need to be who you need to be a blessing to others in any circumstance. Tomorrow, Scott will help us remember more the historical context of the book of Jeremiah.