Devotional Jeremiah 9:23-24
Pastor Brian’s “Every So Often” Devotional
February 4th, 2016
(Jeremiah 9:23-24) Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
Not to begin a political back and forth, but does the first verse in that text bring any Republican front-runner to mind? America is not electing a Pastor-in-Chief, so my initial comment is not meant to weigh in on the Republican primary. It’s just a very obvious example of what the text is leading us to.
In a time when there is so much anger at our government officials, when corruption is accepted and expected, and when a career political class of people will not do what we send them to office to do, we, as believers, need to take stock of our own thinking as well. Are we seeking the wellbeing of our country on the basis of our wisdom, our might, or our riches? Is that what true greatness even is? It seems that those are the very things we hear about over and over on both sides of the political aisle: “we are the wisest, we are the strongest, we are the richest”...or “we aren’t these things anymore, but that’s what I will make us if you will elect me”!
God looks at things from a different perspective. Of primary importance is that we seek to know God; we pursue Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It’s not that wisdom, might, and riches are bad, or even unimportant. In fact, if we are striving after the knowledge of God, He often is the very Provider of the wisdom, might, or riches necessary to accomplish His purposes of lovingkindness, righteousness and justice (things a government should be pursuing for its people). The issue is where our priorities lie: Who is being glorified? Man, or God? Us, or God? Me, or God?
This devotional is a ministry of Springs Lighthouse, in Colorado Springs, CO and Pastor Brian Michaels.