Obscurity

In a search for significance, people often measure their worth by the recognition or notoriety they have amongst others. So, they trade in the overpriced commodity of acknowledgement in the eyes of man.  This becomes the standard by which worth and self-value are measured.  The unfortunate truth is, one of the primary forces which drives many people is fear of being insignificant in the eyes of others, lost in obscurity.  The dread of being unimportant, unaccomplished, or unknown in the eyes of the world, in the eyes of people, is overwhelming.  Society and surroundings define to them what success should look like, what it means to be somebody, thus becoming the internal motivator of decisions, actions and perspective.  Consequently, they live their life chasing what others say they should, for the useless approval of those who have set such a standard for them.  

If you look at the example of David, obscurity was the most important time of his life.  In that time was when he learned the truth of who he was, and more importantly, who God is.  When he was a nobody to those around him, David found significance, faith, and overwhelming might while joyfully obscure- alone in the fields with a few sheep and an incredibly mighty God.

When David showed up in the valley of Elah he was nobody.  In fact, his reason for going was to bring a food delivery to his esteemed, significant brothers.  Interestingly enough, those who considered him so lowly, trembled in fear at the enemy across the valley.  Yet, even in their fear, they mocked David for his place amongst the sheep.  

People will evaluate you through the limited scope of a human point of view.  What’s more, they will consistently tell you who you are and who you are not, what you can do and cannot do.  

David was significant to God long before he was regarded by man.  In our obscurity, it is the same for us, if we are hidden on the hill with God.  When he finally appeared before Saul, this was the compelling conversation

 

1 Samuel 17:32-37

 32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”  And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

 

God prepares us for the great victories in our life in obscurity, set aside from the high esteem and position valued by man.  As such, obscurity is not a place to be shunned, but sought.  The pattern of godly people before us demonstrates that the one who hides himself with God gains the great reward.  The one who hides himself, values the very person and presence of God above all else.

Capturing the eye of our loving Father is never shared with an ambition to capture the accolades of human esteem.  Whatever we may offer of eternal value to mankind can only be the open reward and display of what has been gained by one willing and longing to be seen by Christ alone.  In fact, they have learned that God is unveiled to one who is content to be ever unseen by the eyes of men; gladly choosing the hidden hill.  

A mystery of the Kingdom is this- he who is most capable of openly revealing the majesty of God is the one least interested in being on display.  This is the child chosen to slay the giant, because in such a person God may expose and empower the grand reward gained in the secret place, when no one was watching.

 

 -Brian Salazar