Just a Regular Guy

The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an oracle: This man declared to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ucal; “I am the most ignorant of men; I do not have a man’s understanding.” (Proverbs 30:1-2) 

This is the first of 2 chapters in Proverbs (30, 31) not attributed to Solomon (see 1:1; 10:1; 25:1). The writer is called “Agur, the son of Jakeh.”  We don’t know anything else about him or the other guys mentioned – Jakeh, Ithiel or Ucal – anywhere else in the Bible or history.  That suggests to me that they were apparently just regular guys, yet God was willing to speak to them.  Very cool. 

Supporting the idea that Agur was not an important historical person, he says of himself that he was not particularly smart or insightful – “the most ignorant of men, I do not have a man’s understanding.”  That is encouraging to me! 

So not anyone special – neither rich, famous, important nor powerful – yet God chose to use him to write a chapter in the Bible.  Admittedly, there were others who felt unqualified for their calling (Hosea, even Isaiah and Jeremiah), but Agur stands out as a truly unknown man. 

Our God specializes in using people no one else would consider using, and then doing the most amazing things through them. For me, that is pretty comforting.  He used Agur, so He just might be willing to use me, too!

One Regular Guy at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Deputy Director