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.


My name is Peter Holloway and having lived in Southport, England for 20 years, followed by a couple of years back in Northern Ireland I'm now working as an IT Manager in West Sussex. I was born in Northern Ireland and raised in the suburbs of Belfast just off the Saintfield Road, attended Cairnshill Primary School and Annadale Grammar School. I studied for a London University BD at Belfast Bible College.