‘This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord , who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord . ‘
Jeremiah 9:23-24 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/JER.9.23-24
Have you ever met someone that always felt like they had to tell you how amazing they were? You compliment them and they say, “I know,” instead of “Thank you!” Isn’t it just the most annoying thing? Why do you feel the need to toot your own horn? It seems like their ego is so inflated they could just fly away to space.
But why do they need to boast about themselves? There is nothing wrong with confidence, but a person who lives their life as if they never go to the bathroom most likely does not have high self-esteem. They feel the need to puff themselves up because they feel like no one else sees the beautiful creation they truly are. Low self-esteem is not always exhibited by being timid or false humility. Question, have you ever sat there and been this very person? How do you view yourself?
Sometimes it’s not just about boasting about themselves. It’s the inability to see their faults or when they are wrong. Now I know I am hitting home. It’s the very first sin. Adam and Eve bit into the fruit because of their pride. They wanted to be gods. They did not want to be wrong, but they wanted to be exalted. Their ego was more important the loving relationship they had with God. Pride comes before a mighty fall. It’s your pride keeping you from looking into that mirror God holds up.
Confession: I hate apologizing. I hate being wrong. I am definitely a person who goes to google to prove someone is wrong and boast in my intelligence. So it was quite humbling when God held up that mirror and showed me who I really was. See I had low self-esteem, but I know I am smart.The feeling of being wrong or stupid irritates me and I will pridefully and arrogantly argue with someone over it, even if I am wrong. It feels like an attack on one of the only things I had confidence in.
Commitment: I want to make sure I am clear. I HAD low self-esteem. I know I am highly favored by my Heavenly Father. I boast in His love, strength, mercy, forgiveness. He is my hope. But I still take my pride in my intelligence and it is definitely something that will cause me to lash out at people if it is threatened. With God I want this to change. I want to move past my bruised ego and humble myself before others.
Father, You sent Your Son to die on a cross for us. He humbled Himself and took on the form of a man. He died for my sins. He is God and did not have to do any of this. He did not have to humble Himself. Father if You or Your Son can humble Yourselves, I can humble myself. Pride is a sin and keeps me from living out my full potential of Your love. Teach me how to humble myself Yeshua(Jesus), just like You.
In Yeshua’s (Jesus) Name I Pray, Amen