The worlds looks at numbers, the powerful, the resources to gauge success. In the mind-numbing pursuit of gaining significance, notoriety, or authority, the world is rarely impressed and the soul is never satisfied.
“Who despises the day of small things?” an angel asks in Zechariah 4:10.
When results are seemingly dependent upon the ingenuity, wisdom, or the hard work of a man, God is never impressed. The pride of man is too quick to take credit, too easy to forget, and too susceptible for self-glory.
No wonder God uses the simple to overcome the proud, the meek to inherit the earth, and the few to overcome the many.
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose 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.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
The people who count in this world rarely hold the message of the cross. When in power, it’s easy to despise the meek. When blessings arrive at one’s doorstep — it’s far too easy to take the credit. In a life of luxury and comfort, it’s too easy to forget that God is God — and we are not.
The world can offer plenty of distractions whether in the pursuit of power, notoriety, or to be significant — that we can miss out on the most important questions in life. Who man is? Where did he come from? Where is he going? How is he going to get there?
It is a ultimate example of a dichotomy — what the word deems as important, God doesn’t. What the world holds up to something to be attained, God lifts up something completely opposite. In fact, God exposes it as meaningless.
There will come to a point in time where every person on this earth will be exposed for what and who they are — naked and desperately in need of God. Nothing they have will be worth anything before a God who has everything. In the economics of spiritual welfare, God is the only supplier and we are in constant demand. He supplies just the right amount of what we need or handle on earth, and supplies everything we need to be saved from the consequences of our sins.
Those who hold power, fame, and fortune — are usually uplifted by pride, ego, and gifts that enable them to be so. In the thin air of self-glorification, one can rarely breathe in the presence of Christ. God, then, who is rich in grace and mercy, allows the gift of difficult circumstances to humble and discipline the proud. They are divine opportunities to see the wisdom of God, to receive His Word, to humbly acknowledge our sinful nature and our need for Him.
When caught in the pursuit for significance, it’s helpful to remember God will not be impressed. Strength is made perfect in weakness and only the meek will inherit the earth.