Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-26.
Christopher Michael Langan, an American horse rancher, scored very highly on IQ tests. Some journalists described him as “the smartest man in America” or “the world.” His IQ was more than Albert Einstein, the most brilliant scientist. Mustafa Ismail, an Egyptian man considered the ‘real-life popeye,’ had a circumference of 31 inches and entered the Guinness world record for having the world’s giant biceps. He can easily lift even 600-pound weight. Bill Gates’ net worth goes beyond ten thousand crores.
People who do the impossible sometimes think highly of themselves for achieving something. But we need not have the highest IQ or be the strongest or the wealthiest person to get a reputation for our accomplishments. Every accomplishment has this question in it: That is who gets the reputation for this?
God spoke to the Israelites through the prophet Jeremiah saying, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23,24. God wants us to glorify His goodness above anything and everything.
When we allow pride to enter us due to our fame, we forget that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” James 1:17. It is best to glorify God. Because it protects our hearts from pride and makes us realize that God deserves all the glory. He is a God who performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:9.