Boasting

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Boast: To talk in a vain or bragging manner. To speak or possess with pride; To brag about; extol. To be proud to possess; take pride in. Boasting – verb

Devotion for Boasting

   My new car is awesome, it will go from 0-60 in a matter of seconds! It begins almost as soon as we can talk. Just watch children while they are playing together. It all starts innocently, and before you know it, their toy is better than the other child’s or their dad’s job is more important. Really, boasting is not even cute when we’re children. Just any parent who is frustrated with the bickering between the children. So, imagine how unbecoming boasting is when we’re all grown up and not so cute anymore.

   I guess it’s human nature to boast, but why do we feel the need to counter someone else’s boasting with our own? I’ve observed other people in the throws of boasting, and there is something that rises up inside our very being, that makes us want to go higher, be better, have more than the other . . . it’s a vicious cycle. Even our injuries or disasters, have to be worse than the other persons. I know from experience, that nothing good ever comes from boasting, it usually just puts other people on the defense.

   As a child, I remember bragging about my Christmas presents to some of the other kids when I got back to school. The problem with the bragging and boasting, was that I ended up adding some things that weren’t true, just to make them even better. Now I had a worse problem . . . I felt guilty about lying. So, how can we make it through life without boasting about the things we have and the accomplishments we worked so hard to achieve?

   If we believe the Scriptures, we are nothing and have nothing apart from the grace of God. We aren’t even guaranteed another day, without Gods hand upon us. Numerous scriptures reveal the grace, the mercy and the love God has towards us, his children. He began by creating this beautiful, perfectly balanced earth we live upon. The he decided to create humanity, he wanted people with whom he could fellowship. If that wasn’t enough, due to the fall of mankind, he redeemed us from the penalty of sin by providing his precious son, Jesus, as a living sacrifice. Digging deeper into the bible, we find that God even knows the very number of hairs on our heads.

   As a child of God, I believe that he has provided every blessing that exists in my life. I treasure my relationship with God, my husband, my children, which includes each and every other member of my family. I also praise him for every material possession, as well as, every spiritual gift and artistic talent I seem to possess. Through the blessings of God, I have all that I need and some things that I simply want. David said in Psalms 127:1-2, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builder’s labor is in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand in guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat . . . for he grants sleep to those he loves.” If there is anything in your life worth boasting about, try to think about how it became a part of your life, and if you are like me, you will realize that they all exist because of our Lord. As James 1:17 says; “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.”

   As the previous scripture says, our heavenly Father has blessed us with the good things in our lives and he wants us to enjoy them. Even though you may have worked very hard to acquire something, remember who gave you the ability and strength to do the work. So, if there is anything in your possession that is worthy of boasting, be careful to give the honor and glory to the provider. After all, we came into this world with nothing and it is certain that we will leave this world with nothing. The people in our lives and the things we may possess are simply on loan to us. So, let’s be good and faithful stewards and treat them as God-given treasures, not things to gain the upper hand in bragging rights!

Relating Scriptures:

Psalms 49:5-7  Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me . . . those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches? No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him . . . the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough . . .

Psalms 94:3-4  How long will the wicked, O Lord, how long will the wicked be jubilant? They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting.

Proverbs 27:1  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Psalms 52:1  Why do you boast of evil, your mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you are a disgrace in the eyes of God.

Proverbs 20:14  “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.

James 3:5-6  Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

James 4:13-17  Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

Ephesians 2:8-9  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith . . . and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God . . . not by works, so that no one can boast.

Psalms 34:1-3  I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

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