In my current study of the New Testament book of ACTS, I am at the part where Paul says he knows a man who was allowed to get a glimpse of the 'hereafter,' as one who loves the Lord will know it. His account speaks in a third person manner although he could have been the one he speaks of..(He would not want to boast of having had this experience even though he had been left for dead after being stoned on his first missionary journey.) If he was indeed the one granted this look into eternity, he chose not to draw attention to himself which makes sense because those of us who love the Lord only want to point to our Jesus in all of his glory.. not ours!
So, what does it mean when we are told to boast in the Lord? Jeremiah 9:23-24 remind the strong, rich,and wise not to boast in their strength, riches, or wisdom respectively.. Then it says , 'But let him who boasts, boast of this.. That he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.' Wow! We are told to speak with strong confidence about how we can/do KNOW, and understand, the LORD GOD, CREATOR of ALL!
I like the lyrics to a contemporary song which basically say this,.. "I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom, but I will boast in Jesus Christ..." (then they go on to list things like his grace, his power, his mercy, etc,.. but I don't have them accurately memorized..) I will wrap up for now, by simply saying that for me, it is a joy to ocassionally share with you just a little bit of what the LORD has me thinking about. May He give you the wisdom and fervor to share whatever/whenever He is intending you to do so. SOLI DEO GLORIA.. To God's Glory Only!