Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Small Moments, Small Matters"

    Most of it involves the little things, most of life, that is.  Millions of small moments and matters determine the course of our lives, while only a few big things, relatively speaking, happen to any of us.

    "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in that which is much" (Luke 16:10).

    If we can increasingly discover and avail ourselves of the Lord Jesus Christ in the everyday issues of life, we will greatly impact our sphere of influence for His glory.  Moreover, our own hearts and lives will know the peace and joy God purposes His trusting children to experience through the dynamic involvement of His presence in our lives.  Conversely, if we wait for the spectacular and the extraordinary regarding our Heavenly Father's working, we will miss much that strengthens our confidence in His working.  As Jacob confessed regarding his dream of the angelic ladder at Luz, "Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not!" (Genesis 28:16).  The man of God renamed the holy venue "Bethel" (house of God), realizing how close he came to missing his Lord's presence and involvement due to ignorance of how often He meets us in the obscure and unexpected.  Or, in terms of our present consideration, in the small moments and matters.

    Such truth greatly challenges us because it necessitates that we remain spiritually awake and attuned.  As in Jacob's experience, we may miss much if we fail to realize God's emphasis on the seemingly ordinary and mundane issues of our lives.  Indeed, most people in our Lord's incarnate day failed to see the reality of "Emmanuel...God with us" (Matthew 1:23).  The Lord Jesus lived in such an inauspicious manner throughout most of His earthly lifetime that when His ministry began, His own brethren did not know who He was (John 7:5).  Our Savior was too small, as it were.  In His present spiritual involvement in our lives, He tends to remain so, requiring that "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 7:5).  Reminding and encouraging each other to remember such truth helps us to remain alert to the Christ who often comes to us unobtrusively that we will miss Him if we do not expect Him in the small moments and the small matters.

"The LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire, a still small voice.
(I Kings 19:11-12)

Weekly Memory Verse
    My flesh and my heart faith, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.
(Psalm 73:26)

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