Hear and give ear; be not proud, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings darkness.
“Be not proud, give glory to the Lord your God.” The opposite of pride is giving glory to God.
But what does that mean? You can’t give God glory in the sense of making him glorious. You can give him glory doing things that show his glory. Like what? Well, listen to Romans 4:20, “Abraham grew strong in his faith, giving glory to God.” Faith gives glory to God, because faith shows that God is gloriously trustworthy.
Faith loves to show off the glory of God’s grace and the glory of God’s strength and the glory of his wisdom. Faith looks for ways to act that maximize the joy of seeing God show off his glory. Which simply means that faith loves for God to be God.
And that is the very opposite of pride. Pride loves being made much of for its own glory. Jesus said in John 5:44, “How can you believe who receive glory from one another?” In other words, you can’t. You can’t come to Jesus for satisfaction if you mean to go on getting your satisfaction from the praise of men.
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not 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 who practice steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord.”
What a battle we have on our hands. The enemy of pride comes at us on every front.
* We love to be made much of because of how we use our minds—what good grades, smart solutions, clever one-liners, victory in a game of Scrabble.
*We love to be made much of because of our bodies—that we can work long and hard, or that we are muscular or shapely, or that we can run fast or lift a heavy weight or run far.
*We love to be made much of because of our possessions—that we live in a certain neighborhood, or drive a certain car, or have a certain stereo, or hold a certain portfolio.
But Jeremiah says, Defeat the enemy of pride by making much of God. Glory in this, that you know God. Do you want to boast in intellect? Boast in God’s. Do you want to glory in strength and beauty? Glory in God’s. Do you want to brag on an estate? Brag on God’s.