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Knowing the Lord "Thus says the Lord, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might,let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercises in loving kindness, judgement and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight,says the LORD." Jeremiah 9:23-24   The weeping prophet, Jeremiah, implores us not to glory in our limited wisdom, might and riches. For truly reality is to know and understand God in personal intimate relationship. Jeremiah begs us to be acquainted with God and trust Him!   An ever deepening understanding and knowledge of the Lord is the basis of all blessing. Truly knowing the Lord enables one to trust Him and experience great confidence. Recognizing the Lord's lovely character enables one to eat "hidden manna"   Natural wisdom, might and riches are temporal. These are entirely inadequate for perilous times. By grace we must pursue a deeper relationship with the Lord. It's our duty and privilege to know and understand Him. "He made known His ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel." (Psalm 103:7)  God would have us to know His heart, nature and attributes so we can rejoice in this day. Through grace we shall find God all sufficient. No matter where we are, our God exercises loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the whole earth. God is kind, protecting, and providing for His children.   We can know and understand the Lord and be changed to His likeness and partake of His holiness. Then we shall have great confidence regardless of circumstances. The Lord will be our joy and hope. May we, as David, come to the experiential knowledge of Psalm 86:15, "But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth."  Remember the Lord is good, ready to forgive and abundant in mercy to all who call upon Him.                   Trusting in our Resurrected Lord                                  Rev. Jay T. Francis