(Please enjoy this encore edition of our prayer devotional, originally published in October 2018.)
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…
Ibought a gift – two slender bracelets, perfect for my sweet friend. Yet, when I went to wrap the gift, it didn’t feel like enough. It felt… small. I tried to muster ideas to add to it, to make it more. Surely, I couldn’t give a gift in a small box. There had to be more, right? It seemed insignificant, like it was lacking.
Why aren’t we okay with small things?
Think of how the Lord used the small things in scripture. David was small when he faced Goliath. He used five small stones and a small sling to defeat a giant. (I Samuel 17:40)
Moses was equipped with a small, ordinary staff to lead the people and divide the sea. (Exodus 4:2)
A young boy had only “five small barley loaves and two small fish” but it was enough to feed five thousand. (John 6:9)
God, today I embrace the ways I feel insignificant and lacking. I ask for Your almighty power and will in the areas where I feel small. Show me what You can do through me today.
When our circumstances are small and WE are small, it allows for big faith. And it’s our big faith that moves the heart of Jesus. In each situation above, it may have looked grim or even impossible from the human perspective. But each person had BIG faith. And God showed up. If we are small, insignificant and lacking, we give our Lord the space to be powerful.
We often feel like we have to be more, do more. When really, God desires the opposite. He desires that in our weakness, we seek Him. That’s why I love prayer. I can come empty and leave full. I surrender and the Spirit moves, speaks and equips.
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