During my Bible readings last week I believe God especially spoke to me through Deuteronomy 7 v 22: “The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little.” Let me summarise what my (earthly) hero Spurgeon wrote about these words:
- we mustn’t normally expect victories for the Lord by a single blow – evil principles and practices die hard;
- we must continue fighting even when seeing little success;
- we are not seeking popularity but are fighting an unceasing war with sin;
- our God alone achieves success – our role is to persevere, to increase in faith, to watch and to pray;
- let us never rest until the whole land is won for Jesus; and
- let us fight, little by little, for many “littles” will make a great whole.
As usual, great advice from a great man of God. May we take this advice to heart in our personal battles with sin and temptation, in our witnessing to family and friends, in our work for the Lord here at CCBC.
And talking of “little things”, we are reminded on this first Sunday of Advent of how God so gloriously and lovingly achieved so much through something – or rather Someone – so small – a helpless, new born baby. As He subsequently grew, little by little, and step by step carried His cross to Calvary, so the great “whole” of our salvation was purchased by Jesus – at infinite cost to Himself but freely given to us by God’s grace.
Let’s never despise, but rather rejoice in “the day of small things” (Zechariah 4 v 10).
Peace and Grace