God-Approved Boasting

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Tells Us What God Wants Us To Boast About

I was a jump-rope champion in 7th grade gym. I won a water-safety poetry contest that same year.(1) My boss in high school gave me a plaque saying I was one of his best waitresses. 

Pretty paltry awards, aren't they?

I don't have much to boast about in worldly terms. I'm not good at sports, and my homemaking career was satisfying but not award-winning. 

Maybe that's why Jeremiah 9:23-24 is one of my favorite passages. It offers anyone a chance to boast about the best of the best: 

"Thus says the LORD, 'Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,' declares the LORD."(2)

May this be my boast and yours. 

(1)  Want to hear my award-winning 7th grade water-safety poem? 
While swimming in your favorite pools, 
Be sure to follow safety rules. 
And if you follow every one, 
You're swimming will be extra fun.
(2) Paul quotes this passage in 2 Corinthians 10:17

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Tells Us What God Wants Us To Boast About


  1. "That he understands and knows me..." Yeah, who can claim that? No more boasting then... well, maybe about a little poem here and there ;)

  2. So, do you think this passage in Jeremiah is saying you have no reason to boast because no one can truly understand and know God?

    1. Actually, it is saying the opposite.

      It is saying that anyone can know and understand God, whether rich, poor, weak, strong, young, old.

      Those who desire to know God will know Him.
      * Jeremiah 29:13 says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
      * Hebrews 11:6 says He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

      Obviously, we can never fully understand or know our infinite God, but we can know Him well (Ephesians 3:19). Paul says it this way in the 2 Corinthians 10:17: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

      I hope this answers your question.
      Bless you,


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