Read Jeremiah 9
Focus on verse 23-24
Nobody cares much for a person who boasts about him or herself. It is just plain awkward to listen to. There are some who tolerate it, or who give the pretense of being impressed, particularly if they believe they have something to gain by it, but for the most part – it is just awkward. Pride is the foundation upon which this kind of boasting is built; in fact pride is quite possibly the root cause of most of our vices.
In today’s reading the Lord warns against this kind of bragging. He essentially says “if you are going to brag, here is how to do it in a manner that won’t get you in trouble.”
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but 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. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
In other words… if you must brag – learn to brag on what is really impressive. Brag on God and His justice, righteousness and holiness. Let people know how great God is and you will have something that is worth boasting about, though it is possible that you will get the same reaction that Jeremiah got from the people. They refused to listen, and mocked and abused him just as the Lord had told him they would.
Funny how the nature of humanity really hasn’t changed a whole lot in the last few thousand years. I rather suspect it never really will with the exception of those who allow the Holy Spirit to intervene and change our nature from the inside out, but apparently the majority do not want to hear about that either.