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 try to drink. I wish “wisdom, strength, and riches” were the only three things I crave when I’m feeling vulnerable, fearful, or empty.

I look forward to the Day when we’ll never complain or compare, or murmur again. The Day when we won’t measure, envy, or covet anything. My theology is still a resounding “Jesus + nothing is enough.” But sometimes my heart isn’t as convinced as my head.

Jer. 9:24a “but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they know me…”

Father, I want to boast in the right things with all my heart. Thank you for anticipating our weakness, 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.

What do I want to boast in more robustly? That you know me, love me, and delight in me, Father. And I want to know you more intimately, consistently, and joyfully. This kind of joy and freedom are only found in the gospel of your grace.

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 in the person and work of Jesus. Through Jesus, you’ve lavished immeasurable kindness on us, you satisfied every demand of justice by his cross, and you’ve given us the gift of his perfect righteousness. Hallelujah!

And now we get to walk with you humbly—showing mercy, living justly, and loving boldly. For so great a salvation and so great a Savior, I praise, bless, and adore you, Father. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ strong and loving name.