Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 9

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“Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom.
   Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits.
Don’t let the rich brag of their riches.
   If you brag, brag of this and this only:
That you understand and know me.” Jeremiah 9:23 (MSG)

This last week a machine randomly pulled some numbered balls out of a machine and two people immediately became $190 million dollars richer. These two people were no better than anyone else. They did nothing to earn their reward but take a chance.

It’s easy for me to see life as really a big lottery. I was blessed to be born to a loving family in a nice middle-class neighborhood in the middle western part of the richest country in the world. I did nothing to earn this heritage. I was blessed to hear the Message of Jesus told to me as a young person. With the simple act of faith, believing Jesus is who he said he was, and did what he said he did, I am a recipient of God’s unmerited favor; I am given the riches of His his love, forgiveness and blessing. I did nothing to earn this. I am no better than anyone else. I simply believed.

If there is anything I have to brag about it is this:
God has done great things and has been gracious to me.

God, help me today to keep my head on straight about that and act accordingly. Please and thank you.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 9”

  1. “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.””
    1 Corinthians 1:26-31

  2. At times I wish I had a wilderness hut,
    a backwoods cabin,
    Where I could get away from my people
    and never see them again.

    OK, I don’t really feel this way. Have you ever found out that someone isn’t really who you thought they were? Depending on the nature of that relationship and how close you are to that person, it can really be a sad thing. The reality of being a human being is that we are dealing with other human beings and that can be really messy at times. It takes an amazing amount of grace to be in relationship with multiple humans and not get hurt. I am learning more and more to be true to who I am so that people around me aren’t surprised. Join me?

    1. I know what you mean. In a recent facebook encounter, a friend of mine from church had posted a status about how Christians are always stabbing eachother in the back and carrying on about how victimized she was. This woman, however, is the complaining type who often plays the victim. So I commented on it asking why it was any better for her to publicly berate the Church Body rather than seek a personal and private reconciliation with her offender, to which he daughter took much offense and removed me from he friends list, updating her status to a rant about how judgemental and righteous “some people” were. This girl had been one of my closer friends and considered me to be her best friend. I was actually surprised at how little the whole incident hurt me. The last person that cut off friendship with me completely broke my heart, and it was over as trivial a matter as this one. Although I am not happy to lose her as my friend, I do know that we will once again be reunited in heaven as sisters in Christ, and this gives me comfort.

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