"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting." (Micah 5:2)
It’s interesting how in the Bible God uses the insignificant things to bring forth the important things. Moses held a simple staff but with it he parted the Red Sea. Samson found a jawbone of a donkey but with it slew a thousand Philistines. And remember when the whole multitude was fed to the full with a boy’s lunch? So what city did the Father choose for His Son to be born in? A city called Bethlehem that was little among the thousands. In fact, the city was so small that it wasn’t even mentioned among the cities of Judah of Joshua’s conquest (Joshua 15). But there the Messiah was born, the Ruler of Israel, our eternal God and Immanuel.
Do you also recall when Philip told Nathanael that he had found the Messiah and that He was from Nazareth? Nathanael said, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46) Interesting how our Lord lived in insignificant cities such as Bethlehem and Nazareth. This is where He was born and where He grew up. What city do you think He would be born and be raised in today?
God uses the insignificant things to bring forth the important things. And He can even do that with little ole’ me. We’re nothing special but God can use who we are for His glory. If you feel little among the thousands then you need to know that the Lord, the fairest among ten thousand (Song 5:10), desires to use you to bring great glory to Him!
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Cor 4:7)