What “Floats Your Boat”?

What makes you happy?  What excites you?  What floats your boat? (If anyone knows the origin of that last expression, I’d like to know it!)  I guess the answer is going to be different for almost everyone but for the follower of God, there is a pretty clear cut answer.  We get this answer in the midst of the prophet Jeremiah’s pronouncement of judgment upon the nation of Judah.  Here is what he says in Jeremiah 9:23-24:  “Thus says the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these I delight, says the Lord.”  Jeremiah rules out three answers that I suppose many would give; wisdom, might and riches.  Many people are excited about wisdom, might and riches, especially the might and riches answers.  But God says that we should not “glory” in these things.  One reason is that they are fleeting.  They don’t really last long, especially in light of eternity.  What God says should “float our boats” is knowing Him.  To understand and know God is what should really excite us.  This knowledge and relationship lasts forever and can truly help us navigate every aspect of life we find ourselves in.

So, if knowing the Lord is what really matters most, should we not spend time investing in that relationship?  Is it more important to watch the “Voice” on TV than to know and recognize the voice of God…probably not.  My suggestion for you, and for me, is to get to know this incredible God; who is more valuable than wisdom, might and riches.  If God doesn’t “float your boat” it might be time to start sailing or steaming in a new direction!


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