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SMALL STUFF

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by Pastor Don Nagy

 

It amazes me how often God uses small stuff to accomplish big things. A little boy with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish feeds over five thousand people. Another boy with just a sling and 5 smooth stones takes down a giant warrior.

Clay pots, a donkey bone, copper coins, a jar full of flour, a jug of oil, a shepherd's staff, a shovel. They all seem like such little things don't they? But here is what we know to be true in God's economy: small things can make a big difference in God's Kingdom when we place the small stuff that we DO have into His big hands.

Young David approached the mighty warrior Goliath with just a sling and five smooth stones. Compared to Goliath, he was small stuff. But, what amazes me is how confident David was despite everything he lacked. He was too little, too weak, too inexperienced, too young, and too naïve. Even his weapons were small stuff: staff, rocks, a sling. Things too little, too weak, too powerless, too simple to do anything significant. Or so you would think.

 

""You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." - 1 Samuel 17:45

 

Despite being ill-equipped and overmatched, David had utter confidence. Why? Because he wasn't putting his faith in what he had, but in the One who had him!

That is why it's not about what you have or don't have, but what you do with what you DO have that makes all the difference!!

What if you were to do the same? What if you placed your confidence in Him and His sufficiency, instead of worrying about your lack? What would happen if you placed the little things that you DO have into his mighty hands?

I'm sure that there are times when you feel like you don't have enough. You don't have enough time, or enough skill, or enough knowledge, or enough resources to accomplish what God has called you to do. What would happen if you came, not relying on your woefully inadequate sword and spear and javelin, but in the mighty name of the Lord and trusted Him with the results?

I wonder what would happen if you took whatever you have been given, even if it doesn't seem like much, even if what you've got doesn't seem very impressive, and even if it seems woefully inadequate, and trusted God with it as David did.

Because it's not about what you have, or how much you have. It is not even about what you don't have, or how little you have. But it's all about taking that which you do have, however small it might be, and entrusting it into God's powerful hands to do great big things.

 

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. - 2 Corinthians 4:7

 

 

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