This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)
Human wisdom, strength, and riches. These are some of the qualities that most of the people in world would look to and admire in others. But God, speaking through Jeremiah, puts a much higher standard on what characteristics we should desire for ourselves and what we should admire in others. What God desires most are people who know Him and people who are on fire for and obeying His Word. Although these words spoken by Jeremiah were spoken to people who had rejected the Word of God, these words reveal the true longing of God’s heart for His people. To know Him personally and to live a life that reflects His righteousness and kindness towards others, are the attributes He desires most.
It is so easy for me to fall into a worldly system of lies. It is everywhere. This world teaches me that earthly wisdom, riches and power are what I should strive for and glory in. But the truth is that all the riches and power of this world, as appealing as they appear to be, are all lies! In America, so much focus and attention is placed in the strength of our economy and our national defense. There is so much advertising in books, television and radio that promise more wealth, more power, better looks, all appearing as if these are the solutions to all the emptiness of life. But they are lies!
I so desperately want to rid my life of all the empty things I cling to in this world. I want to be a man that absolutely loves Jesus and desires only Him. I desire to not just think about Him and read about Him, I want to know Him personally and intimately. But Satan knows my weaknesses. He knows how to lure me in with empty things that promise joy and peace but it is only the peace the world knows, which isn’t peace at all. My single greatest need is to walk in a way that will glorify and honor Jesus Christ, so that others may see His work in me and glorify Him.
O God, I love when your word speaks to my heart and reveals such truth to me! Your word is timeless, matchless and it is absolute truth! How desperately Lord, I need to seek you with my WHOLE heart – not halfheartedly while clinging to other things of this world that promise everything and deliver nothing.
Forgive me for thinking and believing that I could find joy and peace in this world apart from you. I know that true peace and abounding joy only comes from finding and knowing you. My heart is overwhelmed with unspeakable joy that one day, I am going to live in your house with you and that now, I get to walk on earth with you! What a tremendous and awesome privilege!
Lord, I simply cannot imagine how much you have in store for me. Your word promises that you will one day create a new heaven and a new earth and I have the amazing promise, as your child whom you love so unfailingly, of living there forever with you. How I long for that day, Lord and how I desire to be there! That day gives me so much hope and courage to press on in this life and it reminds me that this world is not all there is. The best is yet to come!
It is my prayer, Lord, that you search my heart and rid of me of all the empty things that I cling to in this world. I echo the prayer of David and cry out to you, “Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Transform my heart and my mind, Lord and use me however it pleases you most. Don’t allow me to waste this time on this earth! I will praise you and walk where you lead for you are the absolute delight and love of my heart and I can’t imagine living this life apart from you. Orchestrate this existence for your glory for I know that is what is ultimately for my good. I offer this vessel that you have created. Use it as a love offering to you.
I love you, Jesus so much!