Jeremiah 9-11, 1 Timothy 1
It really opened my eyes
24but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
Does anyone else think of Christmas trees when reading Jeremiah 10? My thought instantly went to the fact that Satan always tries to take what’s good and make it evil…it talked about vanity and then described the tree process of cutting it down, standing it up and then decorating it. It reminds me a lot of what Christmas has become vs what it’s supposed to be.
Paul’s little autobiography on Timothy is inspiring and full of humility and all the amazing characteristics that come from receiving God’s grace and mercy. Our sin shows others God’s mercy and patience. And, with work and centering in the word every day, we can go out and find opportunities in our lives to show others that same mercy and patience.
12It is he who made the earth by his power,
who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
13When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
6There is none like you, O Lord;
you are great, and your name is great in might.
23This 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,
24but 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.
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