Frustrated Insignificance

by Bethany

Relevant Text: 1 Sam. 17:45-47
Full Text: 1 Sam 16-17

Vice Presidents | It’s a running joke in Washington that the first question the Vice President asks in the morning is, “Is the President still alive?” Frustrated insignificance is a recurring theme among the VPs. The first one, John Adams, once wrote, “I am Vice President. In that, I am nothing.” In fact, the office has had such little respect that, during the first 176 years of its existence, it sat empty for a total of 37 years [1].

Little Things | Yet, if God had to choose between working through either the President or the VP, He would choose the VP every time. He always chooses the less significant. He sent Samuel to the little town of Bethlehem to find a replacement for Saul. God favored Jesse’s youngest son, not his oldest. He chose little David – using a small slingshot – to defeat giant Goliath. Why? Why does God choose little towns, youngest sons and slingshots? As David told Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands … and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel … [I]t is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” [2].

Mustard Seeds | Today, He is the same [3] – He chooses the foolish things to shame the wise and the weak things to shame the strong – so that no one can boast before Him [4]. He wants us to know that we have not earned His love for us and, thus, we cannot lose it either. Our faith is a gift from Him and, even when we have very little of it, His might will overcome. As Jesus said, “Truly, I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” [5].

Prayer | Lord, If Vice Presidents feel insignificant, then what hope do we have? Yet, You have written our names in the book of life! We thank You for our faith and pray that it – no matter how big or small – would be sincere so that nothing is impossible. Amen.


[1] Information found in: Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger. Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance. Top Shelf Productions, 2008.  |  [2] 1 Samuel 17:45-47 NIV  |  [3] He chose a carpenter who was born in a manger in Bethlehem and raised in Galilee.  |  [4] See 1 Cor. 1:27-29 NIV  |  [5] Matt. 17:20 NIV

One Comment to “Frustrated Insignificance”

  1. There are some interesting poitns in time therein clause but I don’t know if I see all of them middle to eye . There is some validity but I will hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner besides.

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