three most precious things
Kings and Queens of the Most High God,
‘Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD”’ (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
This weekend as I was meditating upon these words from Jeremiah, I realized that the three things Yahweh delights in practicing—steadfast love, justice and righteousness, how they correspond in a very significant way to the three most precious things I possess, that is, the joy, peace and righteousness of the LORD.
For we who place our faith in Jesus—his righteousness becomes our righteousness. And for we who know our LORD—his justice provides for our peace, and his steadfast love strengthens us with joy.
Early in life I came to realize that at every given moment there will always exist a one to one relationship between the Manner in which we live and the Measure of peace and joy we subsequently experience. The source of our delight is a spiritual reality—it is found in the kingdom way of righteousness.
“For the kingdom of God concerns righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).