The Measure of Success

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“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,

Let not the mighty man glory in his might,

Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;

But let him who glories glory in this,

That he understands and knows Me,

That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness,

Justice, and righteousness in the earth.

For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 9:23,24.

According to the world’s standards, success is usually measured by three standards; wisdom, power, and wealth. The “successful” communicate insights that influence others (wisdom), gain strategic advantage over others (power), or accumulate and control resources (wealth).

Yet God asserts here that these attainments hold no weight with Him and that true success is measured by our knowledge of Him (vs.24). Both “understand” and “know” contain the idea of finding out through the process of seeing (Job 42:5), Job sees God differently because of personal revelation. To know God is to encounter Him (2 Cor. 3:16-18); to receive “Revelation” from Him as through Scriptures, He implants His thoughts into our minds (1 Cor. 2:9-12).

Pursue this “knowing,” cultivated in communion with Him as His character engulfs us with the holy wonder of a God who passionately desires intimate friendship with those whom He has created. What an awesome opportunity.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 17:45:57

    Amen to the wonderful verses you have quoted here, Manny. And Amen to your comments!

    Reply

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