Let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord. (Jer. 9:24)

An Atlas V rocket recently blasted off into space from Cape Canaveral on a ten-month voyage to the planet Mars. Its mission is to determine if conditions exist or have existed there to sustain life, intelligent or otherwise. We probably should be more concerned about whether we have the knowledge to sustain intelligent life here. The more knowledge we acquire the more, it seems, we make stupid moral decisions that jeopardize life on planet Earth.

Our search for knowledge has certainly advanced our civilization, and most of us would not like to return to days without the technology that has improved our quality of life. But without knowledge of God, the smarter we get, the more foolish we seem to become.

The generations now living have a lot to boast about, whether about our expanding understanding of the vastness of our universe or the know-how to pack incredible technology in tiny packages. Our knowledge has grown in both directions, but sadly the God whose creation shouts His name and displays His handiwork is often ignored. We have nothing to boast about if we gain a head full of knowledge but have a soul empty of God.

The simplest person has a lot to boast about if he or she has come to know God. There is no greater knowledge. There can be no greater understanding.

Find someone today to whom you can boast about Jesus.

Ken Heer has been a pastor and church leader for fifty-two years and lives in Brooksville, Florida, with his wife, Nancy. Ken is the author of Ancient Fire (WPH).