Recently I was in Abuja and I had the opportunity to visit God’s house for a 40 minutes prayer in between my day’s activities. Little did I know that that singular visit would change me. The speaker talked about trusting in God and read from Psalm 20:7. I prefer the AMP rendering of that passage. It says “ Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God”. This got me thinking“What have I been boasting of?
For the past days, I’ve been asking people around what that passage meant to them and the answers have been pretty much of a sort. Some said they’ve had to boast more about family, friends, work-place while others said possessions, health and faith based institutions.
What about family, possessions, work-place, etc. makes us boastful? Is it just having them?
Then why aren’t most people who generally have possessions, friends, and jobs happier than they are? Why, indeed, do we live in a society where antidepressants are among the most profitable medications? Why are the bookstore shelves packed with books explaining how to be happier?
I think there’s a resistance to answering a question like this honestly. I thought about it deeply. There were times in my life, I thought if only I had a job, everything would be fine, the job came and i wanted more. it didn’t seem satisfying, I moved up and guess what it’s never satisfying.
Then I realized that we’ve grown so used to defining ourselves in terms of possessions – possessions that literally feel like extensions of our self which makes it hard to think of boasting in God. We now even see people close to us as possessions with certain qualities that make us happy. It hit me that no matter how boastful we are of possessions, they all come down to nothing because we will die and leave behind everything. Boasting or rather trusting in God starts with an inward look at one’s self, your relationship with God, not an outward look at the people and things that we surround ourselves with.
I think we need to address the question with our relationship with God and match that with our own actions, Verbs, not nouns. A relationship with God keeps you more satisfying. It strikes deeper into what we want for ourselves, it gives us a reason to wake up every morning.
How would you answer the question, “What have I been boastful of?”
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