ONE OF THOSE DAYS Andy Hollifield 3-29-18
Psalms 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (KJV)
Have you ever had one of those days? You probably just grunted a little and thought to yourself, “Yeah; today and yesterday, and the every other day that ends in “Y.” We could all probably swap some pretty interesting war stories and bring each other to tears. But I am not talking about one of “those days.” I am talking about one of those days when you lay your head on your pillow at night knowing that something you did during the day for someone else actually made a real difference in their life.
I had one of those days yesterday and the day before that and the day before that but especially yesterday. You see, in mission work it isn’t every day that you know what needs you might have met. But every now and then, you actually get a glimpse into someone’s life and realize that your little effort that may not have been a big deal to you, but really made a difference to them. I am not going to get into specifics except to say that those days don’t come along near often enough but when they do, man alive how I treasure them! Maybe it’s just me and everyone else don’t need to get pumped up like that. It’s almost like getting your ego stroked except the difference is that it humbles you. Instead of making you swell up with pride, it encourages you and makes you want to do all you can to please the Lord and help people. It also makes you realize what a great privilege God has given you to make a difference in someone’s life.
As I thought about this, I decided I didn’t want to just write a warm, fuzzy, post but I wanted some real substance that everyone could relate to. The place to always find that is in God’s holy word. I looked up just a few instances like that where a seemingly small effort on one’s part, made a world of difference for someone else even though it may have went unnoticed by most. One place is in Exodus 17 where Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill to see the battle as Joshua fought. We know that as Moses got weary, Aaron and Hur found him a stone to sit on and held up his hands for him. I am sure Moses appreciated their effort because without them, the battle would have been lost and no doubt many would have died. But it’s not what Moses thought that I want to draw your attention to. Just think of all those thousands of people in the camp that likely knew nothing about what was happening on the mountain top. They lived to see another day because of the effort Aaron and Hur had put forth that day. The name Hur is used only 16 times in the bible and it is for three different people. You would think by that he must have been pretty insignificant. But, where would the nation of Israel be today if not for the efforts of Hur? Even Joshua and the soldiers likely didn’t know what was going on up there. All they knew was that they were winning the battle.
Another one is found in 1 Samuel 1. When Eli answered Hannah in verse 17 and said “the God of Israel grant thy petition;” do you think he could have possibly realized what an impact that those few minutes that he spoke with Hannah in the temple would have ever been such a big deal? Without those moments, there would be no Samuel the great prophet. There may have been no Saul or David chosen by God and anointed by Samuel. Do you think Eli would have ever thought his conversation with Hannah would have ever made that big of a difference? We just never know what kind of impact we are making in someone’s life.
You may be thinking that all of these have done great things and that doesn’t fit with who you are and God could never use you like that. That’s where you would be wrong. Think for a minute about Jesse, the father of David. He never did anything significant that we can find. His greatest personal accomplishment was fathering eight sons. Do you want to know what his great effort was that had such an impact? Packing a lunch. That’s it, he packed his sons lunches while they were off fighting for Saul. He sent David to carry the food to his brothers and a gift for Saul. It was while on this mission for his dad that David first saw the Philistine giant Goliath. We know that David wound up slaying Goliath and the Israelites won the battle that day. Do you think that would have ever happened if Jesse hadn’t sent David to check on his brothers and bring them their lunch? Who knows? If Jesse had of thought maybe that it was too dangerous to send David and maybe sent a servant or maybe no one at all, do you think it might have been different?
What about Obededom? He didn’t do anything at all but just let King David leave the ark of God at his home for three months. God blessed his home immensely and if you read the references, he and his family wound up in service for the Lord. That kind of proves that you don’t have to be a great warrior or king to do the Lord’s will. It also proves that it may not take as much as you think to win your children and lead them to the Lord. You just have to be obedient and do what is asked of you by the Lord.
Well, we have looked at Hur, Eli, Jesse, and Obededom. None of these men did really any great feats. You might even say their life was a little hum-drum. But without the efforts of all of these seemingly unimportant men, where would Israel be right now? Where would we be? From Hur fixing a seat and being a prop, to Eli having a conversation with a woman he thought was drunk, and Jesse packing a lunch for his boys, and Obededom just making room for the Lord in his home, you never know what your small effort might amount to in the lives of others. By the way, Jesse is a distant grandfather of Jesus. I would say based on that, it matters and so do your efforts. Don’t you just love it when you get to have one of those days? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!