“God loves it when man boasts in God, and God hates it when man boasts in man.” This is how Dr. John Piper begins his contribution to this month’s issue of Tabletalk. He offers two reasons that God hates for man to boast in man:
1) Boasting in man deflects man’s attention from the fountain of his joy and ruins his life. It tricks man into replacing magnificence with a mirror. Man was not made to admire man. He was made to admire God. The joy of admiration is prostituted and ruined when man tries to find galaxy-size glory in the glow of his own reflection. God does not like the damage done by boasting in man.
2) The other reason God hates for man to boast in man is this: It conveys the conviction that man is more admirable than God. Now that is, of course, untrue. But we would miss the point if we said, “God hates lying and therefore God hates boasting in man because it conveys a lie.” No.
Keep Reading “Godly Boasting.”