Boasting of the Best

Peggy Byland

Read: Jeremiah 9:23-24

Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me . . . (v. 24)

“Traveling east on scenic highway M-134, you’ll arrive at DeTour Village, Michigan, located at the most eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula. You’ll pass gorgeous stretches of beach and forest within sight of the nearby Les Cheneaux Islands. Launch your kayaks or canoes and return to have lunch in the beautiful picnic areas. Hike the trails, visit the shops, take the ferry to Drummond Island, or simply watch the freighters.” So might a travel brochure read for DeTour, Michigan.

From major cities to small villages, every place promotes its finest assets hoping to prompt visitors and seasonal tourists to stop and spend time and money. Visit a website and even the smallest natural or manufactured sight can become a “must-see.” It is our human nature to boast about lowly things to increase their value and attraction.

Yet in the Old Testament, Jeremiah reminds us of our humble nature. Do not boast, he says, except in the Lord. How tempting it is to inflate our status, to seem more than we are, to exalt ourselves in the eyes of others. But in the Lord, there is no need to appear better, brighter, or bigger than others. Let the wise, mighty, and rich boast, Jeremiah is saying. You understand and know the Lord; boast in his steadfast love, justice, and righteousness. “For in these things I delight,” declares the Lord. In God alone we find our worth. —Peggy Byland

As you pray, boast in the Lord, for he is our glory.