Topic: Futility of Vainglory
[DCLM Daily Manna 16 July 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Jeremiah 9:12-26 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches” (Jeremiah 9:23).
Undue confidence in one’s intellectual, material, and financial acquisitions is a clear manifestation of the pride of life. Man is prone to boast of his achievements as if they were gotten by his own power. The human society is replete with vain and arrogant fellows who parade their so-called accomplishments contemptuously and want men to worship their exaggerated sense of self-worth.
This vaunted disposition is not of God. In our text, God told Prophet Jeremiah all that He was going to do against Israel because of their sin. Obviously, there were those in their midst who bragged about their achievements in life. But God told Jeremiah that they should only glory in the fact that they understood and knew Him experientially. But they did not.
The almighty God hates swelling words, especially when He knows that man is nothing without Him. This is a wake-up call for every believer today. No matter what we may have acquired, we must be humble in heart and deeds. We must not make a boast of such things. If we do, we are liable to punishment from God.
A pompous lifestyle irks God. His mercy is for those who recognise the source of their blessings and accord respect to the gracious Giver of such blessings.
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When Satan asked Jesus to cast Himself down, he had wanted Him to demonstrate physically that He was the Son of God. But Jesus knew it was not Satan’s opinion about Him that mattered but the view that the almighty God held about Him. A sincere believer must not engage in unethical or sinful behaviour to prove his worth. It is the net worth approval of God that matters both now and in eternity.
Thought For The Day: Flaunting earthly possessions without heart purity attracts God’s frown
The Bible In One Year: 1 Chronicles 12–15