Updated: Sep 3, 2020
What you have may seem insignificant in your eyes; it’s not noteworthy, grand, or flashy. It’s a small talent, ability, or financial resource. The Good News is that:
God only requires a little bit.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” ~ Matthew 17 : 20
A little is a lot when God is in it.
The Bible is full of examples where Jesus took a little and made it more than enough. Jesus took two fish and five loaves, gave thanks for it, fed five thousand people and had twelve baskets of leftovers (Matthew 14: 13 - 21). God knows what we have, that it’s not a lot, but it’s all we need. We must stand on our faith, pour it forth and watch what God will do with it.
Easier said than done? Yes! This is not an ordinary ask because we have an extraordinary command that we must live by: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5 : 7
A glorious recount of the manner in which God provided for Elijah during a drought through a widow at Zarephath is found in 1 Kings 17: 7 - 16. The widow had reached the end of her means when she met Elijah. The bible says she was so stranded that she was ready to eat her last meal and die from hunger. Despite her own situation, God had told Elijah that he would provide for him through this very widow. “Then the word of the Lord came to him; “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”
Elijah met the widow while she was gathering sticks, and asked her for water and a piece of bread. This was her response, “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread - only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it - and die.” The widow was going through a difficult time of her own, she had enough food for what she believed would be her last meal. And this is the woman that God said would feed Elijah. How?? She only had a little bit! And that is all that was needed. Despite only having enough for herself, in obedience, she agreed to bring Elijah what she had, and God provided. She had enough for herself, her son and Elijah for the entire drought.
The little you have has a purpose. A plan that is too great for you to fathom.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29 : 11
I believe that we are missing opportunities for the Lord to reveal His greatness through us because we see ourselves as “grasshoppers in a land of giants” ( Numbers 13 : 33). We magnify the things of this world and minimize the power of our God. This is not new, God showed the Isrealites their inheritance, it was theirs already, a land flowing with “milk and honey” but they thought they were inadequate for the task.
God has already blessed us, we have a rich inheritance that we should enjoy here on earth. Jesus Christ taught us to pray “...your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6 : 10). Trust His process. Hold onto the faith no matter what is happening around us. Daily rejoice. Sometimes it's hard to do, but we have to commit to hitting the reset button everyday and beginning each new day with our song : “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118: 24).
God’s plan cannot be stifled by anything or anyone. We often think the enemy of our progress is external, and this is true at times, but there are times when we are our own enemy. We need to get out of the way, stop limiting what God can do with our little bit, and just let God do what He has purposed through us. Bring what you have before Him.
God is so gracious, His word tells us where the pitfalls lie so we can self-correct and live in the fullness of our destiny - My people perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4: 6). This wasn’t referring to a knowledge in terms of education, understanding business or coding or what leads to skills in our context but to a knowledge of the Creator and His teaching. In the information age, at the click of our fingers we can learn about anything, and yet what we know is inadequate.
Scientists are always trying to figure out a little more about everything. Medical professionals are seeing things they have never encountered on a daily basis. There is never a final answer. That’s why the Lord says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3: 5), and He tells us why, “our knowledge is incomplete” (1 Corinthians 13: 9). Even the experts do not know it all, but God does, He is the beginning and the end.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~ Isaiah 55 : 8 - 9
We don’t have to know it all to take a leap of faith. From watching the interviews of a lot of successful people, they stumble into success by accepting one challenge at a time and bringing their very best at each stage. Don’t measure yourself. God has already done that and said, it is good. We are made in God’s very own image. Equipped with little things that will accomplish great things if we believe and obey.
In order to be trusted with great things we must prove that we can be trustworthy with little things. "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."~ Luke 16 : 10
Prayer: God get me out of the way. Let your will be done.
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