Little Things in His Hands

The Word

1 Corinthians 15:37

37 Nor is the seed you sow then the body which it is going to have [later], but it is a naked kernel, perhaps of wheat or some of the rest of the grains.  38 But God gives to it the body that He plans and sees fit, and to each kind of seed a body of its own.

The MessageLittle things

Recently, I bought myself a little charm bracelet and was very excited about it. I bought it at a great bargain and was really looking forward to wearing it when the occasion would arise.  I have this thing for charm bracelets. Then I began to feel a nudge to give it to a particular younger friend of mine.  In trying to hold unto it, I offered to buy something else for her but the nudge would not go away. I said to the Lord, ‘Lord, it is a little thing’. He said to me, “I work with the little things”.

That statement struck me and I began to meditate on it. I remembered a number of examples in the Bible of God working with little things. For example, the widow in 2 Kings 4: 2, whose husband left in debt. Her sons were to be sold off into slavery to pay off the debt, and she cried out to Prophet Elisha. He asked her what she had and she answered “Your handmaid has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”

It was that little jar of oil that produced all the oil she needed to sell to pay of her husband’s creditors and some left over to live on. That can only be the power of God at work. Remember yet another widow, the widow at Zarephath, 1 Kings 17: 10-16, :this time with Prophet Elijah. She had run out of everything. There was famine, nowhere to get more. She only had a little flour and oil left to bake the last piece of cake. Her plan was to make the last meal for her and her son and they would eat it and die. Then comes Prophet Elijah and demands a piece of cake, her last little piece of cake. That is what God used to sustain her family for the rest of the season: The power of God with little things.

In feeding the 5000 and the 4000, his worked with a few fish and loaves of bread. How does that work? He did not just feed everybody but he also had left overs.

There are more stories. I remembered Gideon who defeated the Midianites with a 300 man army. Judges 6: : 10- 7: 25,The army was pruned down from 20,000 to 300. God wanted it that way, so that no man can boast or glory in himself.  That is the reason God works with little things. The glory must be His. That is one thing He does not like to share, His glory.

As I continued to think about it, I realised that working little things into massive ones is His modus operandi. In fact that is the principle at work with the seed. You put a little seed in the ground, and then watch it; it springs into a plant that yields much more that the planted seed. That is the modus God uses to sustain the world. He planted His son, Jesus and look at the endless supply of sons that are coming to Him every day.

It dawned on me that what we call little is not the way He sees it. When your little is all you have, He does not see it as little. The value placed on it is far more than the actual value. Actual value may be little but the value He places on it is what it costs you to let it go. When your little is your all, then it is no longer little. When your little is your last, then it is no longer little. When letting go of your little is an act of total trust and faith in Him, it is no longer little to God. That is what makes Him God. He is able to place value and work that value into your little.

Of course, I gave the bracelet to my young friend but she does not know what went on behind the scenes. At this point in my life, my little truly is my all. I have a long list of things I am trusting God for. I really truly believe that the bracelet, my ‘little’, God will give a harvest that will blow my mind. I am eagerly waiting.

Per chance, there is a heavenly demand on your little things, remember what He does with them. Let go and let God and see what He does. His faithfulness is unquestionable. It is well. Ck