LITTLE THINGS Andy Hollifield 2-3-17
Proverbs 30:24 “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but are exceeding wise: (25) The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; (26) The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; (27) the locusts have no king, yet they go forth all of them by bands; (28) The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.”
Small things often have great accomplishments. How can a small mouse scare a full-grown woman enough to make her climb onto furniture? How can a small yellow jacket run a full grown man? Sometimes mighty heroes come in small packages. Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WW2, was only 5’8. He accumulated 33 awards including the Medal Of Honor, the highest award for bravery a soldier can receive. He was also decorated by two other countries, France and Belgium, and was credited with killing over 240 Germans and capturing and wounding many more. All of that according to his Wikipedia post.
In the world of sports, heroes also sometimes come in small packages. Although he would probably not even include himself in the same article as Audie Murphy, Doug Flutie has come to be recognized as one of the most endeared players ever to suit up in professional football. He gained national notoriety in 1984 when he completed a last second Hail Mary pass in a game against Miami while he was quarterback for Boston College. He played 21 seasons in the USFL, CFL, and NFL. At only 5’10” he was largely overlooked by NFL teams being picked 285th in the 11th round of the draft despite having won the Heisman in 1984. He went on to win 3 Grey cups and 3 Grey Cup MVP awards and numerous other awards in college and the NFL and Canada.
In the bible, there were a lot of instances where God used little things or little people to accomplish greatness and miracles. The most obvious of course is little David slaying the giant Goliath. David was the eighth son of Jesse, the youngest and most likely the smallest but undoubtedly had the biggest heart toward God. It was a small smooth stone in a sling that David used to slay the giant and gain victory for the army of Israel over the Philistines while all the “big, brave, men” were cowering in the foxholes in fear.
It was a little insignificant virgin girl who God chose to give birth to the Savior of the world. Also, it was through a baby, not a conquering soldier that God gave salvation to the world. It was with a small army of three hundred that God allowed Gideon and Israel to defeat the Midianites. It was with a small glass pitcher and a candle inside and trumpets that God gave them that victory and caused the enemy to flee. In the book of Joshua chapter 6, God had the people marching around the wall of the city of Jericho once a day for six days carrying the ark of the covenant with 7 priests continually blowing trumpets made of rams horns. On the seventh day they marched around seven times in the same manner. At the end of the seventh time, when the priest blew the trumpets, the people shouted with a great shout and the walls fell down flat. The only person spared was a harlot named Rahab who had helped Israel’s spies escape when they were doing reconnaissance work before the conquest. The spies had her to tie a scarlet line in the window of her home and they spared her family during the invasion. Just a little scarlet line saved her family. Another instance in John 6:9 has a young lad giving his 5 loaves and two SMALL fishes to the disciples. Jesus then breaks and blesses them and feeds five thousand men besides the women and children.
I could go on and on about a little man who climbed a tree just to see Jesus. Or a little lie that cost a man and his wife their life. A little promise by a lustful king that cost a friend of Jesus his head. A little deal made for 30 pieces of silver that bought a slave and wound up preserving the nation of Israel. Another secret little deal for thirty pieces of silver that wound up bringing salvation to the world. And on a not so good note, a little member of the body that can ruin a man and kindle a great fire and is set on fire of hell.
But in closing let me ask a question. What little thing can you do that you won’t? We all like the story of the little drummer boy at Christmas that couldn’t really do anything for the Christ child except play him a tune on his drum. So that is what he did and he played with all of his heart. Now I know that isn’t a bible story but it makes an excellent point. Whatever you can do and no matter how little or useless it may seem, do your little thing for the glory of God. Our ministry has had senior ladies crocheting and knitting winter caps and scarves for veterans at Christmas for several years now. Just a little thing these folks can do. I recently wrote about “The Applesauce Story” where a 4-pack of Motts apple sauce fed 2 hungry babies after Hurricane Katrina that hadn’t eaten in four days. Not a big thing but a little effort to buy that and put it in a food barrel at church. I once had a lady make a phone call to encourage me that I have never forgotten. Just little things. I have known a crippled man for thirty years that wears out telephones just calling every preacher he has ever met once a week just to give a kind word and encourage them. My day for Bud to call is currently on Tuesday morning. A lady I know text out a scripture verse every morning to all her friends just to encourage them. I do this post every day just to encourage others. Just little things. What little things are you capable of that you are not using for the Lord? When you are in need of encouragement, start counting all your little blessings and you will soon find that they start growing pretty quick when you take time to pay attention and give God thanks for them. Just little things. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!