“Thus saith the LORD, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
There is an overwhelming delight in knowing God. This delight surpasses the glory of earthly wisdom, wealth, physical strength or influence. Indeed, “if a man has the world and does not have God, he has nothing. If a man has nothing, but has God, he has everything” as Saint Augustine of Hippo said.
The man in Christ is an heir of God (Romans 8:17). God is His inheritance. He commands our delight. Knowing him is everything to us. As the Lord Jesus said: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”(John 17:3).
It’s my prayer that the reader walks in a greater consciousness of this truth from hence. It is such delight that makes trials and persecutions an insignificant threat to our conviction. For then we can boldly say: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).