Putin and Pride

The war in Ukraine continues to wreak havoc on that area of the world. It appears to be a David vs. Goliath event, a small country defending itself against a giant called Russia. Like Goliath, Putin is a proud man, confident of his strength.

Goliath assumed David and Saul’s army and David’s God were all beneath him. He relied on his physical strength. Jeremiah 9:23,24 (NLT) reveals the foolishness of such an attitude.

23 This is what the Lord says:
“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom,
    or the powerful boast in their power, [Goliath’s error]
    or the rich boast in their riches.
24 But those who wish to boast
    should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord
    who demonstrates unfailing love
    and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth,
and that I delight in these things.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!

Notice that God does not boast about His omnipotence or omniscience or wealth, even though He has a right to do so, since He is the source of all power, all wisdom and all riches. No, our God describes Himself as the source of unfailing love, justice and righteousness. These are the character qualities God delights in.

Many already pray that Putin would recognize the only true Source of power. But today, pray with me for ourselves, that we would forever pursue love, justice and righteousness in our own lives!


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