It does not seem very fair! The peacock gets all the attention! His plumage is gorgeous and of course he knows it. However, the peahen does not look too impressed. Here he is strutting his stuff to attract her and she does not even turn to look! It seems he has a right to his pride with his huge fan of color while the poor peahen is a nondescript grey.
Today’s verse addresses the issue of pride. Boasting according to Scripture is allowed, but only in a very limited way; only in the Lord. The only boasting that makes any sense is to boast in the Lord. HE is the source of anything we have to boast about. There is nothing we have that is not a gift from Him. Whatever we have and whatever talent we may posses is something received. That means we have no right to boast in ourselves, as though we earned it or deserved it (I Cor. 4:7).
Just as the peacock should not hide his feathers, neither does Christ want me to hide my God-given talents. But it is easy for me to slip into an attitude of boasting. Anytime I take credit for something, whether in my thoughts or in front of others, then I am boasting in myself. And it is ludicrous to boast in something that is a gift. Paul preferred to boast in his weaknesses so that others would recognize that any and all strength in his life came from the Lord (II Cor. 12:9). I want whatever He has gifted me with to point to Him.
Lord, may ALL glory and praise go to You!
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