Silencing A Boastful Tongue
Boasting or bragging is not exactly on God’s list of favorite attributes. In fact, it’s one that He abhors, and will quickly deal with it. For, in actuality, it’s a form of pride, putting one above another, or even God Himself.
David reminds us in Psalm 94: 4 “They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting.” (NIV)
See how arrogance is tied up with boasting? Probably one of the more notable characters in this regard was “Haman, in the story of Esther.
Esther 5: 11 “Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials.”: NIV
Of course, one can look at Proverbs for the quintessential word on this: Proverbs 27: 1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” NIV
James, too, dovetails this thought in James 4: 13-17 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” NIV
It’s laughable about Haman, because we ultimately know of his demise, on his own gallows. And James continues the admonition of Proverbs. Only God knows our future, and what will happen to us. I think we can take a piece of this advice, and not try to brag about what we will or will not accomplish. It’s not up to us, but God’s will. And, dear friends, that’s the key! I wouldn’t even go the arrogance route, if possible. I always usually tack “God willing,” to whatever major thing I’m involved with. May we remember to carefully consider to devoid ourselves of thoughts of bragging rights to anything. Only God has the real right to brag, because of who He is!
Lord, forgive us when we get ahead of You, showing arrogance. Quell our bragging tongues, prideful hearts, and haughty eyes. Give us Your humility, love, and direction. For after all, we want to please You. You alone are worthy of our boasting. We love You. In Your Precious Name we pray. Amen!