Scripture for Today: Jeremiah 9:24 “but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have understanding to know Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.”
The blowfish looks pretty comical when puffed up. In fact one of his names is “pufferfish.” This unusual fish has a very elastic stomach, able to quickly ingest huge amounts of water and air. In doing so they become several times their normal size and so avoid becoming someone’s next meal. When puffed up, their spines make them look like a pointy ball. This fish gives new meaning to the idea of being puffed up and full of one’s self.
Today’s verse describes a different kind of boasting that does not puff us up or make us disagreeable. Boasting that draws attention to the Lord, to His kindness, justice and righteousness is the best kind of boasting! The Lord is honored and glorified when we extol His beautiful attributes to others. Even the small understanding we have of His character is something that He reveals to us from His Word. He is the One who gives understanding. (Prov. 2:6)
It is in God and not in myself that I am to make my boast all day long. (Psalm 44:8) This is my way to exalt and praise Him. When I see His many kindnesses to me, none of which I deserve, then I want to tell others! Look what He did for me today! Do you see how He righted that wrong? I am in awe of His purity and justice and they motivate me not to compromise. All the praise for anything that is good and positive in my life goes to Him!
Thank you Lord, that I can boast in You!