Jeremiah 9:23-24 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or let the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know Me and understand that I am the Lord Who demonstrates unfailing love and Who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!'”
To boast is not just to make foolish clamor about, it is also to make a source of pride to lift yourself above others. So the Lord says don’t boast about what you know or boast in the power or wealth you have because there is ONLY one thing worth boasting about: that you KNOW God. To boast about knowing God is to rave about, to celebrate, to praise Him in front of another. Knowing God is not about head knowledge but about knowing Him by experience – knowing that He is Jehovah, the Covenant-keeping God: He keeps His promises. Know Him as One Who demonstrates His love that never fails, that means you trust Him and are confident in His love for you. You know that He brings justice and righteousness, so you can trust Him to set things right when people do you wrong, and when you do what’s right you get rewarded, but also that He looks at you through the finished work of the Cross, so in His disciplining He works it all out for your good. These are the things that He wants us to know about Him on a personal, experiential way. Because the more we know Him, the more our lives change, the less stressed we are about circumstances and the future, and the more peaceful we become!
“I want to know You more Abba. I want to experience Your loving kindness in greater measure and remember that Your righteousness is the One I stand in and not my own. I want to be confident in Your love for me so that no fear can control me. And I will boast about Your goodness and Your love and mercy for as long as I live. Knowing You as Your Holy Spirit reveals Your character and nature to me is what I desire, in Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.”