This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches.” – Jeremiah 9:23


Wisdom, strength, and riches are the three goals that the world passionately pursues. Anyone who achieves status in one of these three areas is celebrated as someone great by those in the world. Such pursuit, however, leads to three main areas of sin: intellectual pride, lustful passion, and greed.

Jeremiah warned that a wise man shouldn’t boast of his wisdom any more than a strong man should boast of his strength or a rich man of his wealth. Why? Because those wise, strong, and rich men produced none of those characteristics in their lives. It was God alone who gave them whatever wisdom, strength, or riches they possess.

Paul reminded the Colossians, “For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). We must put to death the proud mind of man that flatters and exalts himself in his own eyes. We must crucify the sinful desires of the flesh, such as “sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires” (v. 5). Furthermore, we cannot “be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry”

(v. 5).

If we boast of anything in this world, it should only be the awesome fact that we understand and know the Lord personally. In everything else, let us put on humility, purity, and generosity. The world may not appreciate us when we do, but in God’s eyes we will be pursuing true wisdom, strength, and riches!


This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches.” – Jeremiah 9:23




So now the Lord says, “Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’ ” – Jeremiah 6:16

The “old, godly way” is the path where we will find rest for our souls. This place is described in the New International Version of the Bible as the “ancient paths” and is called the “good way.” Israel’s journey through the wilderness as chronicled in Psalm 78 describes the path on which the people of God were instructed to walk.

First, the path was one of deliverance: “He divided the sea before them and led them through” (Psalm 78:13). The Lord knows how to deliver His people from all their enemies, even if the path leads in an unorthodox way!

Second, the path was one of guidance: “In the daytime he led them by a cloud, and at night by a pillar of fire” (v. 14). Because the Lord’s path is always better than our own, we should ask Him to show us where the “cloud” is moving in our lives.

Finally, the path was one of provision: “He split open the rocks in the wilderness to give them plenty of water, as from a gushing spring” (v. 15). If we keep walking in the paths of the Lord, there will be constant provision. We must remember the words of Psalm 23:1: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.”

With the promise of God’s deliverance, guidance, and provision, why would we ever say of the path of the Lord, “No, that’s not the road we want!” (Jeremiah 6:16)? Choose to walk in the godly way, and find rest for your soul.

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