The God of Small Things
God, the Creator of the universe wants to do big things in and through you. He’s got big plans for your life. He can do more than you could ever ask or imagine.
If that’s true, why am I so frequently disappointed by the smallness of life? Why do I often feel like I make no progress or there isn’t evidence of change? Why won’t that bell pepper plant I keep watering just grow!?
When things look smaller and less successful than we think they should, it’s natural to feel disappointed and let down. We’re conditioned to pursue and achieve. God promises more, but sometimes it feels like we're getting less. What’s the problem? Is our faith not big enough? Are we not trying hard enough?
Perhaps we’ve forgotten that God loves to use small things. Perhaps we've forgotten that our life is about God's glory, not our own.
It was David who was chosen to be king, not his older, taller brothers. God tells Samuel not to consider appearance or height.
“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
When God chose a place for Christ to be born, he chose the small town of Bethlehem.
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2
When the temple was being rebuilt, and many Jews were disappointed with its size compared to the large temple Solomon built, God says bigger isn’t always better.
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” Zechariah 3:10
It was the widow who put in two small copper coins that Jesus honored.
“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.” Mark 12:43
When Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven, he uses the smallest of seeds.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his field.” Matthew 13:31
Jesus’s power appeared insignificant as he was nailed to a cross. The ministry of Paul seemed to be stunted when he was confined to a prison cell or under house arrest. Hope was small. The significance of life looked small. The future looked small.
It’s often through small things that God accomplishes more for His glory. Though it may remain unseen by us, and our lives may look small in the eyes of the world, God is always doing more than we can imagine. Keep your eyes on Him.
“What you do for God may seem small and insignificant at the time, but God rejoices in what is right, not necessarily in what is big. Be faithful in small opportunities. Begin where you are and do what you can, and leave the results to God.” NIV Bible Commentary