For who hath despised the day of small things? Zechariah 4:10
Walking back from the mailbox today, I took a little
tumble. As leaves and mail showered down on me, I
stared up at the blue. My driveway is littered with little
brown acorns. When you pull in the drive, the sound of
them popping under the weight of the tires is almost
deafening. Unfortunately, I stepped on one of the little
nuts just right and my foot flew out from under me.
I have thought about that little acorn a lot today. Something so small yet it was able to change my path. Often, we
think of small things as unworthy and ineffectual. Yet God uses the power of small things to accomplish great things.
The Bible is full of examples of how God used seemingly small objects and people to do great things.
Nothing is too small for God to use.
Manna, Exodus 16:14-15 God used fine flake like things to feed the Israelites in the wilderness. No one knew what it
was, but Moses did, “It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.” (Exodus 16:16) The Lord used this tiny
substance to sustain his people for 40 years. God sustains his people.
Five little stones 1 Samuel 17:40 Saul’s armor was too big and heavy for David. So, he used what he was familiar.
David gathered up five smooth pebbles from the brook and faced Goliath. It took one stone to defeat the Philistine
enemy. What amazing power in an insignificant rock. Never doubt that you are enough, and God wants you just as you
are. You do not have to act like someone else or compare yourself to someone else.
Moses, meek and humble delivers a nation, Exodus 14. Moses was an unlikely and reluctant spokesman for the God.
Moses was a fugitive with a speech impediment, yet God used him to speak. Often, we feel that we have nothing to
offer in God’s service, however God will use you. All that is required is that you yield to his request. He can and will
use those that are willing.
A small pot of oil, 2 Kings 4:1-7. The widow in the book of Kings was in a pickle. The creditors were going to take her
two sons to satisfy her debts. She had nothing of value in the house but a small jar of oil. Elisha by God’s command
instructed her to go and borrow all the empty jars she could find. Once all the empty vessels were lined up, she was told
to fill those jars with what she had. That small little bit she had filled all the jars she had borrowed. She was able to sell
that oil and pay off every debt and redeem her children. God will use what you have. (Every time I read this, I am
reminded that Jesus was poured out to cover our sins and redeem his children.)
Feeding 5,000 with 2 fish, Luke 19:10-17 Jesus had been teaching the crowds all morning and as he looked out over
them, he knew they hungry and unprepared. The disciples only had five loaves and two fish. Jesus had the people gather
and he blessed the meager food, it was multiplied, and the multitude was fed with twelve baskets left over. God can and
will supply your needs.
God blesses the common, the ordinary, the small and insignificant to accomplish his will. Don’t despise the small
things, in the hands of God they have great potential.
Typist for Jesus