Israel wanted a king. They chose Saul. He stood head and shoulders above others in stature and bravery. His Hollywood good-looks charmed everyone. So charismatic was he that people couldn’t see the real man.
Time revealed the real Saul – weak, terrified and ungodly. He looked like King material. But, he wasn’t. He was a somebody without substance.
God isn’t charmed by intelligence, appearance or a bank balance. He isn’t charmed at all – by anything. No one needs to tell God anything about themselves or anyone else. He thoroughly knows us, sees deeply into hearts. (John 2:24,25)
But, how can a nobody like me be significant to God?
God takes a specific interest in nobodies like you and me. Paul wrote:
God has chosen the world’s insignificant and despised people and nobodies in order to bring to nothing those who amount to something (in their own eyes) . . . (I Corinthians 1:28)
God chooses nobodies – if ever there was good news for humanity, this is it.
You may consider yourself a nobody, but God considers you unique and especially gifted. No one else on the planet has your exact history. When you were born, God rejoiced because no one exactly like you had ever existed. No footprints matching yours had yet stamped the earth. David expressed this truth –
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139-13-16
Perhaps you were the last of thirteen children. No one celebrated another mouth to feed. There are no unwelcome births in God’s universe. No accidental births. No insignificant people.
You are heaven’s first and final attempt at you. You are matchless, unprecedented and unequalled. Max Lucado