Who hath despised the day of small things —Zechariah 4:10
Some of us can’t really deal with small beginnings. I remember in the early days of our church I struggled with the idea of being a small church. I wanted big and I wanted it now. Today’s scripture was a word the Lord spoke to my heart in those early days of our ministry. I was so stuck on the numbers that I could’t see the supernatural and the beauty all around me. There were people being saved, set free from demonic activity, coming out of depression, and being made free from addictions and I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Today, I look back at those early days of our church and it is so easy to see the supernatural hand of God way back then. The struggle is always when it is right now. The Lord is on the move all around us, it may not seem that big but it is the beauty and hidden power of God at work continually. Here are some thoughts from A.B. Simpson on the small beginnings of the Lord.
“The oak comes out of the acorn, the eagle out of that little egg in the nest, the harvest out of the seed. Thus the glory of the coming age is coming out of the Christ-life now, even as the majesty of His kingdom was all wrapped up that night in the baby in Bethlehem.
Let us take Jesus for our total lives. Let us be united to His person and His risen body. Let us know what it is to say, The body is . . . for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body (1 Corinthians 6:13). We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones (Ephesians 5:30).
He who gave that little infant, His only begotten Son, on that dark winter night to the arms of a cruel and ungrateful world will not refuse to give Him to us in all His fullness if we will but open our hearts and give Him right of way and full ownership and possession. Then we shall know in measure His quickening life, even as our hope shall reach its full fruition when we sit with Him on His throne with every fiber of our immortal beings even as He.”
I continue to ask the Lord to help me see and appreciate all He is doing all around us. His ways may seem hidden but are more real than any of us know. Stop, take a look and enjoy even the small beginnings of the Lord.