A Big Deal

wiseman.jpegWhat’s going on in your life that’s a big deal right now?  I could list a few in mine:  praying for my dad and his long recovery from oral surgery;  taking huge next steps with our church in terms of our collective spiritual depth;  getting enough firewood split to last the winter;  preparing lessons for a class in biblical interpretation that starts next January (I’m teaching @ Simpson University);  still working on some book proposals and looking for willing publishers (Inner Mess, Other People’s Craziness, Four Letter Words, etc)…

I have some stuff in my life that’s a big deal right now.  I’m sure you do too.

richman.jpegThis morning, I thought of this verse.   Take out the word “glory” and put in the words “make a big deal out of.”

“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 9:23, 24, NKJV.

Let’s try it

“Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man make a big deal about his wisdom, Let not the mighty man make a big deal about his might, Nor let the rich man make a big deal over his riches; But if you’re going to make a big deal about anything, let it be this, That you understand and know Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:23, 24, NMaxgraceV. 

strongman.jpegWhat’s the big deal?  Simply that you and I get to know God.

And most of the time, we’re idiots.

And all of the time He pours forth:

  1. Lovingkindness:  HESED, the gracious kindness, the unmerited favor and unearned loyalty of heaven.
  2. Judgment:  MISHPAT, God’s infinite consistency with what is true, right, and good.
  3. Righteousness:  TSEDAQAH, God’s perfect conformity to his own character and standards of goodness and love.

What if it made God happy to toy with people or to mess with the cosmos?  I don’t want to live in a universe with that kind of God.

But Jeremiah says that these are the qualities that make God happy;  in these things God delights.  We get to relate to (to “understand and know”) a God like that.  Now that’s a big deal.

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Please continue to pray for dad (Roy) and leave a nice comment below for him so I can forward it.  Thanks. 

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3 thoughts on “A Big Deal

  1. Dear Mr. Giovannetti Sr: We all are praying for you and that you will heal quickly and feel better very fast. We hope you can get well enough to play with our cat Lynx. He’s 17 years old and very nice cat. We want you to have lots of fun with your pets, your children, and your grambabies! We love you because we are part of Jesus’ Body. Love, Leiya (5 years), Kayla (4 years), Gramma, and Auntie Jeanne.

  2. From Roy’s niece. I was on the phone when Roy’s e-mails were opened and it just makes his day when he receives your encouraging words. So if you have been thinking about sending one Go For It! Just a little note brightens his long tough days and night. Thank you. Really Thank YOU.

  3. HI Roy,

    We’re praying and rooting for you here in Massachusetts….that the Lord’s face and grace may shine upon you.

    With love,

    Cheri, Flip & Johnny

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