1 Kings 17:12
But she said, “As the Lord your God lives,
I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl
and a little oil in the jar;
and behold, I am gathering a few sticks
that I may go in and prepare for me and my son,
that we may eat it and die.”
I have … only … a little.
The turning points in human destiny often hinge upon little things.
In these days where the emphasis continually lies on bigger, larger, greater, and more, the far-reaching consequences of “little things” are frequently overlooked.
God in His Word, however, lays great stress upon their potential either for good or for evil. (Compare 1 Kings 17:8-16 with James 3:1-6.)
A group of men were carrying on a friendly conversation.
One of them remarked that he had learned to be especially careful about small things. “Would you believe,” he said, “that a little thing like a pair of socks changed the entire course of my life?”
“I can hardly believe that,” replied another man.
“Well, it’s true! Once I planned to take a trip with some of my friends on a canal boat, but two days before we intended to leave, I injured my foot while chopping wood. It was only a small cut, but the blue dye in the homemade socks I wore poisoned the wound, and I was compelled to stay at home.
While my friends were on their journey, a powerful preacher came to our town to hold revival meetings. Since I didn’t have anything else to do, I decided to attend.
The message touched me deeply, and as a result, I surrendered my heart to the Lord. Afterward I saw that I needed to change my life in many ways. New desires and purposes took hold of me.
I determined also to seek an education, for I trusted that this would enable me to live more usefully for my Lord.” The man who made those comments was none
other than the former President of the United States – James A. Garfield!
Don’t treat lightly the “little things” in life.
They often gravitate to great and important consequences.
The Master has need of the little things,
There are none too slight or small;
He adds His own blessing and makes them great
And uses them one and all.
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