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"Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom ..."                                        

  Jeremiah 9:23

  The best of human resources without submission to God will be useless to prevent tragedy. Wisdom, power, and riches are looked upon as mankind's best and most desirable attainments. Many people spend their lives in accumulating as much as possible of one or more of these commodities. And, indeed, there are many advantages in being wise, powerful, and/or rich. Solomon is but one Biblical example of a man who possessed all three. Yet, there are dangers to their possessors. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches." These words are intimately connected with his previous warning to his fellow-countrymen that God was going to judge the nation for its sinfulness and refusal to repent by sending Babylon's army to destroy the land and carry them away as captives. These sufferings actually did take place eventually and you can read of them in the book of Lamentations. But Jeremiah's fellow-countrymen were persuaded that his warnings were ludicrous. They were wise. They were mighty. They were rich. It was unthinkable that they could be reduced to the horrors of besiegement, starvation, and sword. They trusted in their wisdom, power, and wealth, which is to say they gloried in their wisdom, their might, and their riches. But these valuable resources were not devoted submissively to the service of God. Rather, they were employed against God in ungodly lifestyles and ungodly philosophies. So also today, the Bible warns sinners to flee from the wrath to come. We must all give an account of our lives to our Judge whom God has raised from the dead and seated at His right hand. But many pay no heed to such divine warnings. Their college degrees are many. Their influence is great. Their portfolios are large. But these desirables are devoted to self, not to the God of heaven nor to His Son at His right hand. But it is written that Christ will break them with a rod of iron; He will dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. See Psalm 2:9. Let us not allow our comforts to mislead us. Nothing but faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin will spare us.
 

   

   

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