Zech 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things?
For a little context, many of the older Jews were disheartened when they realized the new temple would not match the size and beauty of the previous temple built under Solomon's reign. But bigger and more beautiful is not always better.
Have you ever heard the expression, “It's the little things that matter”? We oftentimes overlook the little things in favor of the big. We see the the little as being insignificant when in reality the little things are every bit as important, if not more so, than the big things. To people who are detail oriented the little things matter. Little things have a way of becoming big things in both a good and bad way.
I want to look at some little things in Scripture. These little things had a big impact. These little things made a difference
God told Moses to Throw it down! It was just a dead stick in Moses’ hand, but when he obeyed God, casting it to the ground, it became a living thing! The point is, that little stick was seriously promoted. It went from herding a bunch of sheep in the back side of the desert to commanding angels on the front lines of history!
Moses' rod in God's hand called down plagues on their enemies, parted the Red Sea, brought water from the rock and led them to the Promised Land. It went from a humble shepherd's staff to a reigning scepter in the hand of the Almighty.
Listen, God takes whatever we have and he can do the unthinkable. He can bring things to life!
There's no way David could utilize Saul's armor. He hadn't proved it in the past
David used what he knew. He used what he had proved. One sling with a shepherd's bag of five smooth stones. Every wonder why five stones? I believe he was just preparing for the next challenge that would lie ahead. There's always a next challenge! It's ok to be prepared. By using what he knew along with the calm assurance that the battle is the Lord's the giant was defeated!
We can defeat the giants in our lives in the same manner! Use what we know along with a calm assurance that the battle is the Lord's!
The disciples wanted the same thing many of us desire today. We find in Luke 17:5 that the disciples asked something of Jesus, “Increase our faith”. They felt that if they had more faith, they could do what Jesus did. So they decided to go the easy route and ask Jesus to increase their faith. When they asked Jesus to increase their faith, His response shocked them. He told them they didn’t need a large amount of faith. A mustard seed size would do!
I kind of think that some of them went out to check out the size of a mustard seed!
Take a look at a mustard seed. It's so small you can barely feel it. If you don’t have a mustard seed, then look at a point on the end of a pencil. That’s about the size of a mustard seed. Now, imagine what a mountain looks like. It's huge!
In man’s eyes mustard seed faith could never remove this mountain. But God back’s up His promises to us. God is so simple—He will not make things difficult for us, or put His promises out of our reach.
Matthew 17:20 ...For verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and is shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth
Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible
THE WIDOW'S MITE
The lesson of the widow's mites (Luke 21:1-4; Mark 12:41-44) is an enduring testament to the value of faith. A destitute widow has only a few mites to her name, and those she gave selflessly as her donation to the Temple . Mites were ancient pennies, fairly worthless at the time . Jesus comments that her modest gift was worth more than the flashy contributions of the wealthy, because her gift represented all that she had.
This woman had demonstrated true Christian faith in God-she didn't know where her next meal would come from, but she believed that God would provide.
Matthew 6:33 Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (food, clothes, all material needs) shall be added unto you
FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISH
The lunch of a boy fed 5000+ people. Not only that but it generated twelve baskets full of leftovers!
We serve the God of plenty. Our God is more than enough!
This all brings to mind a title to a song, Little Is Much When God Is In It. Without God those things were just things. WITH God, those little things became GREAT things. He makes the difference. What you do for God may seem small and insignificant at the time, but God rejoices in what is right, not necessarily in what is big. Be faithful in the small opportunities. Begin where you are and do what you can. Leave the results to God. Remember, little IS much when God is in it
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
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