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R.A. Dickey

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

Is it nice to have wisdom, strength, and riches? Sure! Anyone will tell you that these attributes usually lead to a successful life. Even as a Christian, I desire these qualities. But these life verses make me question the motivation for desiring wisdom, strength, and riches. For example, verse 23 reminds me to desire wisdom only as it helps me understand God’s Word, the Bible. The instruction and promises of His Word help me in making decisions that glorify Him, which results in inner peace. 
It also reminds me to desire strength only as it helps me to be strong in tough times. Even when things don’t go my way, I believe that God has my best interests at heart and that He’ll never leave me or forsake me. 
And I’m also reminded to desire riches only to use them in carrying out God’s plans and purposes on this earth. It’s great to have wisdom, strength and riches, but the greatest is having a personal relationship with God through my faith in His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
R.A. Dickey