Last week we discussed the topic of knowing God. We look at why it is important to know God, but also important to know about God, and how he has revealed himself to us through his word, & nature.
I was thinking some more about this verse (Jeremiah 9:23-24) and what it means to boast. It says that we should not boast in our wisdom, our might, and our riches. But we are encouraged to boast in the fact that we know and understand the Lord. It says that he delights in this.
This should encourage all of us to continue to study, pray, be faithful to church, and keep learning about God. Many will take on the attitude that all we need is to just know Jesus. Why bother with theology, or doctrine, why do we need to read the Old Testament? Because God takes great delight in us knowing, and understanding him.
God did not intend for us to only know him as a baby would know her parents. All healthy baby grows up to be mature men and women. So should we as Christians. A baby cannot boast about her parents, only a mature person can. It is implied that we learn and grow in our understanding of God. Without learning we cannot come to an understanding of God, and without an understanding of God we cannot boast.
What do you think when you read this scripture?
Boast in the LORD
23 This is what the LORD says:
The wise must not boast in his wisdom;
the mighty must not boast in his might;
the rich must not boast in his riches.
24 But the one who boasts should boast in this,
that he understands and knows Me —
that I am the LORD, showing faithful love,
justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for I delight in these things.
[This is] the LORD‘s declaration.