The earth is almost 25,000 miles in circumference. We revolve around a sun that is 93 millions miles away. Astronomers tell us that actually our sun is small and our solar system is insignificant compared to the other systems in our universe. Compared to the age of the world and the history of mankind, we will only spend a short time here. When we think about all of these things, we ask David’s question to God, “What is man that you are mindful of him?”
While our size is small, and while our time is limited, the Bible teaches us that we matter. God’s love sent his only begotten son to die for us, John 3:16. The Bible, written by dozens of people over a thousand years, is created so that we may learn how to live and how to worship God, Romans 15:4. The church was created to help us to glorify God and to be a people who encourage one another, 1 Thessalonians 4:18. A place in heaven is being prepared for each of us to spend eternity, John 14:1-6.
God uses those who seem small to accomplish great things. Gideon was from a small family and had a tiny army, yet God destroyed the great Midianite army though him. David was the youngest and least impressive of all of his brothers, yet he became the King after God’s own heart. The Apostles were generally uneducated and from the backwaters of Galilee, yet God used them to spread the gospel to the entire world. We are told of these men so that we can take courage to use the influence and abilities we have to work for the Lord.
Wherever it is that you find yourself in life, whatever your history says about you, use your influence and your ability to shine God’s light in this dark world. God will use you and your actions will affect eternity!