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July 7, 2014

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Small

People are impressed  with big things  —  big houses,  big businesses,  big people  in terms of influence,  big mountains,  and everything else  considered to be big  in some aspect.

But,  God loves smallness  and the smallness  of details.     For example,  all  of creation  is humongous far beyond anyone’s knowledge  —  yet,  the whole earth  is very small  in relation to the rest  of creation.     We look  at our world  and think about  how big  it is  —  but each  of us  is so small  in relation  to the size  of the earth.     People stand  in awe  of big countries  —  but God chose  the smallest Israel  from which  the Savior would come.     Israel might think  it’s pretty big now,  but it started  from the one man,  Abraham.

God’s word  gives a number  of examples  of when tiny Israel  needed protection against huge armies  —  as is recorded  in 2 Chronicles 14,  where God made  tiny Israel  the victor.     And,  when tiny Israel sinned  against the LORD  and brought God’s judgment  upon itself,  Isaiah 1:9  had to declare,

Unless the LORD  of hosts
Had left us  a few survivors,
We would be  like Sodom,
We would be  like Gomorrah.

We can think  of how God had  our Savior born  in Bethlehem,  a small town  of no importance  when compared  to the prestigious Jerusalem.    Jesus fed thousands  with a few loaves  and small fish.     The widow  who put in “two small copper coins,  which amount  to a cent”,  actually put in more  than any of the rich people  who put in large amounts.

In 1 Kings 19,  when Elijah  was running away  from Jezebel,  who was trying  to kill him,  he felt defeated  and alone.     So, the LORD presented  “a great  and strong wind”an earthquake”  and  “a fire” —  all great things  —  but,  the LORD was not  in any  of them.     Rather,  the LORD  then presented  “a sound  of a gentle blowing”  at which Elijah  had to wrap his face  in his mantle  —  so awesome  was God’s loving power.

We can even think  of what Jesus said  in Matthew 7:13-14,

The gate is wide,  and the way is broad  that leads  to destruction,  and many are those  who enter by it.     For the gate is small,  and the way  is narrow  that leads  to life,  and few are those  who find it.

Few are those  who truly  put their faith  in Christ Jesus  —  but God loves them dearly  and grants them eternal  “life”.     It doesn’t matter  how small  and unimportant  we are  in this world.     When we trust in God’s salvation  through faith  in Jesus,  a victorious,  eternal life  is ours.

But,  even more important  to know  is that the gate is small  and the way  is narrow  that leads  to life”.     There is only one small way  to get  to heaven  —  and that is through faith  in the shed blood  of Christ Jesus.     The so-called big things  in this world  are nothing  in comparison  to the shed blood  of Christ.

Seeing the power  of God’s love  in the little things,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for showing  Your vast,  almighty power  in the seemingly smallest details.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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