Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

Knowing God and His Ways

Today's Life Journal Bible readingJeremiah 7-9; John 13

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23, 24

Why do we boast (in a subtle, socially acceptable way) about our accomplishments, wealth, or status?
One reason could be that we are trying to feel good about our choices and about ourselves. Comparing ourselves to others sometimes makes us feel better. The Lord of heaven and earth invites us to make him our reference point. He values kindness, justice, and righteousness; those who truly know God, value and live the same priorities. Knowing God in a relationship indicates our willingness to allow him to shape our perspectives and priorities in life. Without that transforming process to become perfect and holy as God is holy, we are just pretending to know God.

Lord God Almighty, thank you for focusing my attention on your priorities and values today. I desire to delight in you and your ways, for your glory.