The Right Size

Michael Wittmer

READ : Deuteronomy 7:7-11

It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you – “for you were the fewest of all peoples. (v. 7)

Have you ever found yourself on the short end of things? You feel small next to your acquaintance with the bigger house, larger church, or wider circle of friends. And you wonder why God is blessing him so much more than you. As Karl Barth wrote, it is tempting “to think that the good God likes to be on the side of the big battalions,” and that whoever has the most numbers wins.

Size does matter, but not how you’d guess. Our loving Father enjoys showering his gifts upon the small and insignificant. The bold and brash can muddle along without his help (or so they think). But a tiny band of Jewish exiles, fleeing from Egypt, a frightened bunch of Galilean fishermen, an undermanned you or me – all become favorite targets for God’s sustaining grace. And all are chosen and empowered to fulfill God’s missionary purpose.

Contrary to popular opinion, God does not help those who help themselves. Rather he helps those who recognize they are too small and weak to help themselves, and have humbled themselves enough to admit it. The first step up is down.


Lord Jesus, may your power be made perfect in my weakness.