Let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness on the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 9: 24
Boasting is not generally considered as a positive activity. I was always taught that there was something essentially wrong with being too outspoken about the things that we accomplish or the people that we know. You know, letting it slip out that we have received some sort of honor, achieved a milestone, or had lunch with someone famous. These are things that others are supposed to say about us so that we don’t need to bring them up ourselves. Yet, the Lord, in contrast to all of this human wisdom, seems to be saying that it is perfectly fine for us to be proud of something to the level that we boast about it. The key seems to be found in what is the motivation and the source of our pride.
When we look to the things that we do and the status that we have achieved in life as the focus of our sense of worth and of the way that we desire to be perceived by others, it seems that we are getting our priorities confused. In these instances the things that should be the results are becoming the driving forces in our thinking. What I mean is that there is only one being who has both the intimate knowledge of me and the loving concern about me to take me to my highest and best levels of functioning. This is God. The Lord is also the only source of the empowerment and the strength that I need to live at that high plain in this oppressively challenging world.
Thus, as I seek out the Lord and get to know Him more fully, His true character of love and concern becomes ever more apparent. This causes me to look toward my relationship with Him as the foundation for my sense of worth and for the value that I have in this life. I am granted a fresh perspective and a reality that not only allows for boasting, but it is one that actually demands that I tell the world about this amazing, miraculous, and unending love that the Lord pours into me.