Jeremiah 9:23-24 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: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
This morning I had to do a word study on the word “glory”. I had to find out exactly what glory means. The word “glory” means to shine, boast, or celebrate. The word boast sends a message of pride and arrogance. For this reason we will concentrate on the words celebrate or shine. You might be trying to mentally contemplate the word “shine” within the realm of this context. The idea of glorying in something is the act of shining light on something where it can be seen more clearly.
God does not want people to see our own wisdom, our own strength, or even our own riches. While those things may be part of our lives, it not what God wants to celebrate or shine light upon. If we are going to celebrate we must be willing to celebrate the Lord. If we are going to shine light on something we must shine light on the lovingkindness, judgement, and righteousness of God within the world that we currently live.
Much of what we do and how live seems to celebrate self rather than the Lord. God delights in us knowing and understanding him. I think it is time to remove the spotlight off ourselves and put the spotlight on the Lord.