Reflection: Our text for today reminds us that the story of the Bible is of a God who uses nobodies. God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chooses the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
So, when God finds a patriarch for his people – he finds a wandering Aramean named Abraham and says – you’ll do just fine. He chooses a Moabite widow named Ruth and says – you can be the great, great, great, great grandmother of the Messiah. Throughout Scripture God is always using the “unlikely” person: the widow, the younger brother, and even those who are outside of Israel.
God does not choose us because we are powerful and he needs our help. God chooses us so that his power might work through us.
Question: Is your heart tempted to think that is your power which makes you useful to God? What if God chose you so that he could show his power by using something weak?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are majestic and glorious and perfect in power. Without you we can do nothing. All our power and ability come from you as a gift. Remind me that when I feel like I am a nobody in your kingdom, that you love to work through weak and fragile people. I commit myself to do your will today, not because I am impressive, but because you are glorious. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.