I’m not a fan of people who brag. There is something about it that is repulsive to me. As I think about it, a bragger is trying to elevate him or his/her own ability over others. I’m fully aware that there are others that are considerably better than I am playing basketball, running, shooting…a bunch of other thing as well. However, it’s the boasting/bragging that gets on my nerves because I think it screams of a self-centered pride and arrogance. I believe that God loves humble people.Isaiah tells the story of Hezekiah bragging and how it will bite. Check this out….
At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan was king of Babylon. He sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, because he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick and was now well. 2 Hezekiah was pleased and showed the messengers what was in his storehouses: the silver, gold, spices, expensive perfumes, his swords and shields, and all his wealth. He showed them everything in his palace and in his kingdom. (Isaiah 39:1-2 NCV)
The Lord was not happy about Hezekiah’s “bragging” and showing off his wealth. I think the thing that is the worst about bragging is that a person is taking all the credit for their gifts and abilities, which really come from the LORD.
If I have anything of value in my life, it’s not because of anything I’ve done or anything I deserve – it’s because they are a gift from the Lord. He gets credit for all my success because without Him, I’d be lost. Without Him, not one of my successes matter anyway. If I must boast, I will boast of Him – what an amazing, powerful and indescribable FRIEND I have in the LORD. How can I speak of my abilities or blessings without pointing to ONE Who blessed me with them?Pressing On! Dwayne