«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’ » (Jeremiah 9:23).
AN ANCIENT STORY says that one day, a king’s falcon hung on and refused to get off it. Several people tried to make it fly, but with not success. Not even the master falconer whom the animal had always obeyed could make it fly.
Days, weeks, and months passed by, and the falcon felt more and comfortable in the shade of that tree. The king then promised to give a reward to the person who managed to make the bird fly. The next morning, the astonished monarch saw the falcon flying nimbly over his gardens.
«Who managed to get my falcon to fly again?» he wanted to know.
«He did,» replied the falconer, bringing a humble peasant into his presence
«And how did you achieve it?» asked the king.
The man timidly explained: «I simply cut the branch on which it was so comfortable so it had no other choice but to fly away.»
Is there some branch in your life on which you feel comfortable, place your hopes, base your expectations, or support your feelings of security? If there is, it would be good to do an analysis, because every branch can break or fall and it can also (perhaps should) be cut. What will you do then? Let yourself fall and then cry?
If you trust in your beauty, you should know that it is fleeting. If you trust in your employment, you could lose it any day. If you feel very secure in your own strength, consider that you can lose it. And if you believe yourself to be very wise, you cannot trust that, either. Only «with [God] are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding» (Job 12:13). The part we play is accepting those plans willingly and resting our lives on the Rock, which is He. Everything else would be building on sand.
If you can glory in anything, it is knowing God and understanding His ways. A home, a job, economic stability, and countless other things you have built throughout your life are not solid foundations for you. You could lose them at any time, but you should not lose hope because of that. The only solid foundation is Christ Jesus. Do not get comfortable, do not be content, do not get into a rut; fly in search of His wisdom and His peace.