Jeremiah 9:23: This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches…”
Heavenly Father, your Word anticipates every dead end we’re tempted to enter, and every dry well from which we foolishly drink, and every “fool’s gold” we trust in when Jesus doesn’t seem to be enough.
If only “wisdom, strength, and riches” were the three things we crave when we’re feeling vulnerable, fearful, or empty. We so look forward to the day when we’ll never complain, compare, or murmur again—the day when we won’t envy anyone or covet anything.
Jer. 9:24a “but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they know me…”
Thank you for anticipating our weaknesses, and for constantly wooing our hearts back to Gospel sanity—back to Jesus. You’re more prone to pursue than we’re prone to wander. You’re better at forgiving than we are at sinning. You’re more generous than we are foolish. Hallelujah.
What do we want to boast in more robustly? That you know, love, and delight in us. And we want to know you more intimately, consistently, and joyfully, Father.
Jer. 9:24b “that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
Your “kindness, justice, and righteousness” are most clearly revealed to us in Jesus. Through Jesus, you’ve lavished immeasurable kindness on us, you satisfied every demand of justice, and you’ve given us the gift of his perfect righteousness. We are immeasurably rich. Make this undeniably real.
Free us this November Thursday to walk with you in joyful, peaceful humility—showing mercy, living justly, and loving boldly. For so great a salvation and so great a Savior, we praise, bless, and adore you, Father. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ strong and loving name.