What do you know and understand?

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, 24 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

Read this passage the other day. I’ve always taken the bit about boasting on board, but had a few thoughts on the ‘knowing and understanding” aspect.

I earn a living doing skilled work, which I take pride in. I appreciate that God gave me the talents I have and give Him the honour for the abilities I have to use. Whether it is designing a web page, database, network or whatever I like to think that I can do a good job. But, what of my faith – am I proud of the time I invest in learning God’s Word? Do I take pride in my understanding of His will? If I think of myself as a craftsman in terms of design work, could I dare to call myself a craftsman in the care I take to know and understand my God?

I believe that I should take it upon myself to be the best knower and understander of God that by His grace I can be.

Newsreader for Firefox

I’ve found a rather spiffing enhancement to the Mozilla Firefox web browser: Sage. It is a lightweight RSS and ATOM feed aggregator extension for Mozilla Firefox according to the blurb on the web site. Sage really looks good and takes up a lot less in terms of resources than dedicated newsreaders.

I used to use SharpReader, which is great, but takes forever to load – it runs under the .Net framework.

The Sage option fits in with my existing web browser both in terms of resource useage and screen real-estate.

If you have Firefox it’s well worth a look.

The Work of My Hands – Isaiah 60:21

The concept of existing solely for the purpose of serving someone else’s interests is total anathema to the western world. We live for ourselves & ourselves alone – that is what we are taught it is to be a man. The cowboy Shane is a typical example, independent and proud, and living by his own rules.

But I am not my own man – I am the work of God’s hands. Therefore, to be ‘my own man’ is robbery and rebellion. To be God’s man is to fulfil my purpose as well as God’s. That God might be glorified is the telos, the end goal of my life. Living for Him I find my identity. Serving Him I find pride in what He does for His glory in my life.

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