He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
This world measures itself through pride and one of its indicators is knowledge. This world lifts up those who are in the know, admires or even idolizes those who proclaim themselves as gurus, teachers, masters, submitting itself to them. It also hails those who are in power, though power does not equate to knowledge-it does not mean that if one is in power, one knows.
It also measures itself through riches or wealth. They install into power those who have the gold, those who have the capacity to spend, really spend.
But God, as the verse says, chooses the lowly, the have-nots, the utterly stupid or the poor. These He uses and turns them into those who will topple those who are at the top. For He upholds the meek and humble, and brings down the proud and mighty.
Remain humble even in the face of humiliation or oppression, for it is God who chooses and it is He who uses, therefore He knows what to use and what not to use. Remember, His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not ours.
So that no one can boast.