Jer 9:23-24 says, “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: 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. The ISV says it this way, “This is what the LORD says: "The wise man is not to boast in his wisdom; the strong man is not to boast in his strength; and the rich man is not to boast in his riches. Rather, let the one who boasts, boast in this: that he understands and knows me, for I am the LORD who acts with gracious love, justice, and righteousness in the land. I delight in these things," declares the LORD.”
Last week we began this series with focusing on the difference between worldly wisdom and true wisdom - which is the fear of the Lord. We saw how this blessed boasting in God is acceptable; and the foolish boasting of the worldly wise is not acceptable. We finished by looking at several traits of the godly wise, as found in The Scriptures. This week we will look at man’s strength verses God’s strength.
“Let not the strong man boast in his strength.” Pride goes before destruction, and a lifted up spirit before a fall. When a person, or a nation, starts to boast in how strong and powerful they are without giving God any glory - they become prime candidates for a fall. Just ask the Pharaoh of the Exodus; Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (Dan 2:37); and Herod (Act 12:21-23) - just to name a few. Let’s also look at King Uzziah.
King Uzziah was a righteous king of Judah who started his reign at 16 years old. He became very great. He built cities; defeated enemies; made great engines of war; had great armies and great wealth. However, look at verse 16 of 2Chr 26, “But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God…” Let not the strong man boast in his strength. One angel of God can slay 185,000 soldiers in one night - and we think we’re something? We are nothing compared to God. God could turn a person, or a whole nation, into an ash heap in a nanosecond if He so desired! Are we stronger than God (1Cor 10:22)? Ha! Many kings and nations of history would tell you no.
The Christian principles and values that this nation were founded upon is what makes it great. Take away the blessing of God by “kicking God out” of society, and thinking you can be strong without Him - and I show you a disaster waiting to happen! Just like all those kingdoms of old that thought they could snub their nose at God - they soon awoke to find that they were merely a house of cards.
We sure don’t deserve a righteous, Godly, Christian leader for our nation - but praise God for His mercy and grace, which can give us what we don’t deserve! We need to humble ourselves, fast and pray, and repent for our part in this nation coming to the near ruinous condition it’s in. Will you take responsibility? Will you own up to your part in all of this? Maybe you didn't vote for the current guy in office, so you feel your hands are clean. What have you done over your lifetime? I’m not trying to point fingers, but I’m trying to get us to see that we didn’t come to the place we are overnight. We have had a part to play! I’m saying I am guilty! Will you? Acknowledgement is the first step to confession and repentance.
Daniel was a very righteous man, but he included himself when asking forgiveness and mercy for Israel’s sin (Dan 9:2-19). We must point the finger at ourselves. We must humble ourselves. We must exalt Jesus, and decry the sin of this nation. We must stop what we are doing, fast and pray, and seek God’s face. We need a serious God-made revival. No man-made “revival weekend” stuff. I mean a God ordained, God empowered, God result revival! Life-changing, community-changing, nation-changing revival! Will you pray? Will you speak? Will you act? I pray you will. “ ...But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Dan 11:32).