“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
J. Vernon McGee said, “Any strength we have must lie in our spiritual values, our moral values, our character, and our purpose.” But when you think about it, these things aren’t even taught in our schools anymore. We are “one nation under God,” and yet we have removed God from the curriculum, from the classroom, from everything!
The result? We have brought forth a generation that has no sense of moral or spiritual purpose. This generation in America— like Jeremiah’s generation— has lost its way, and in many areas has rejected the Word of God. We have taken our eyes off the Lord.
Jeremiah spoke these words because he knew there was still hope for revival. He believed revival would come if the nation would simply turn away from their prideful, sinful rebellion, and turn to God.
What the prophet knew was that God cannot bless the prideful because God cannot bless sin. He knew if God was going to bless their nation, then the nation would have to repent from its pride.
Andrew Murray said, “Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.” That was true in the days of Jeremiah, and the same is true for us today.
If you want to live the life God intended for you, if you want to chase your divine destiny, you must let your pride die. God cannot bless those who are prideful, and you cannot go on this journey alone. God has plans for you greater than anything you could possibly imagine. But first, you must let your pride die.