Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 22 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 9-10
Food for Thought: Jer. 9:12, 23, 24
There are three things mentioned in Jeremiah in which the Lord delights, and if they delight Him, they should interest us. He delights in exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness.
Notice that not man’s wisdom, nor his might, nor his riches impress God (9:23). He therefore admonishes us not to glory in those things either, for in the broader perspective, they are nothing compared to God’s lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness. In reference to Jeremiah 9:24,
I Corinthians 1:30-31 says, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.’” So if man is going to glory in anything, let it be in knowing Him and being the object and recipient of the Holy Spirit’s attention Who has been sent by Jesus to convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
Jesus explains in John 16:7-11 just how this is: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” Through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, our relationship with the Father is truly glorious as we are no longer counted among the world that does not believe in Jesus; rather, we are vessels of the Holy Spirit (because Jesus went to be with the Father and then sent us the Holy Spirit), and we no longer belong to the ruler of this world who is already judged. (Notice all the things we have escaped and all we have gained because of what Jesus did!)
None of that is by our own doing, so we cannot take credit for any of it. Instead, our lives can be a constant testimony of God’s lovingkindness and righteousness working in us, and proclaim as David did, “I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly (Ps. 40:10).” It’s all about Him. Let us give the Lord all the glory and take delight in the things that delight Him.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):