Have you ever deleted or hidden posts from someone on Facebook because they post too much? Or maybe you got annoyed because some people just seem to use social media to let the world know about how amazing they are at work, parenthood, or just life in general. People have a desire to let other people know when they are good at something or when they accomplished something. “I passed my test!” “I have an awesome family!” “I ran 5 miles in the snow!” “I ate an entire pumpkin pie by myself!” These are all great accomplishments, but even if we don’t share them with the world, are they still the things that we should be proud of?
To boast means “to talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities.” When our self-satisfaction comes from our own education, strength, or riches then we have to talk about those to other people so that they will recognize how great we are. According to Jeremiah 9:23-24 those are not the things that we should be proud of: “Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” According to Jeremiah, we need to be satisfied and get our self-worth from knowing God. And knowing the LORD means understanding his covenant faithfulness, his just judgement, and his right behavior in keeping His promises.
Where are you tempted to boast? Do you ever catch yourself bragging and then realize how shallow you sound? Is it any better if we boast on the accomplishments of others or is that still an attempt to puff ourselves up by association? How do you strive to boast about the LORD instead of your own wisdom, might, and riches?