In Part 1, we read Jeremiah 9:23-24 where the Lord tells us not to talk about everything the world usually places high esteem on: intelligence, power and money. Rather God suggests a new criteria. “Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”
God’s new criteria is based on knowing and understanding the Lord God Almighty. How much do we understand God? How much do we know God? Now, that’s a challenge. Do I understand and know God better than I did a year ago? I hope so. I work at dialoguing with God in prayer. I take time to read His word every day. But even doing this, I see new things in scripture that I thought I had read or memorized years ago, but the meaning didn’t penetrate my heart till a “now” moment. It’s an ongoing process. At some point, we will all have our Appointment with God. For some, it might feel like a global SAT test for a class they never took. We will be responsible for what God has brought across our path. Maybe we should take more time to nurture God’s criteria points. It begins with reading the Bible to learn about Him. It continues with a dialogue in prayer.