I give You praise and thanks for all that You teach me. Just this morning You showed me new things, things I had never seen and known before, in Your Word.
In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul is telling them that their (our) boasting is fruitless, it accomplishes nothing.
On this same subject, the prophet Jeremiah said,
"... instead, let the boaster boast about this: that he understands and knows Me - that I am Adonai, practicing grace, justice and righteousness in the land; for in these things I take pleasure, " says Adonai. " Jeremiah 9:24 CJB.
I like the way the Message Bible puts it, but let's start at verse 23. "God's message: 'Don't let the wise brag of their wisdom. Don't let heroes brag of their exploits. Don't let the rich brag of their riches. If you brag, brag of this and this only: That you know Me. I'm God, and I act in loyal love. I do what's right and set things right and fair, and I delight in those who do the same things.
These are My trademarks.' God's Decree."
This was an eye-opener, Lord. But another eye opening thing of note is that too many of us are trying to walk out in Your strength using someone else's giftings ... wearing someone else's armor. But You have made us each uniquely and given us equally unique gifts all of our own. Why would we want to try using what You have clearly given to someone else? Maybe it is because we are weak in the area that You would choose to use and gift us in.
" ... but He told me, 'My grace is enough for you, for My power is brought to perfection in weakness.' Therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that Messiah's power will rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9 CJB
HOW AWESOME, to know that we can trust that Your power will rest upon us when we acknowledge our weaknesses and trust in You for our protection.
I love that You do this for us!
Your Loving Daughter,