I have been overwhelmed by the concern, casseroles, cards and communications I have received as a result of the extremely serious / excruciating / unbearable (delete one or more (or all)) gout I have been suffering in my right foot. One or two may be relieved / exhilarated / disappointed (again delete whichever doesn’t apply) to hear that I believe I have ‘turned the corner’ – my life no longer seems in danger and the pain is receding.
More seriously, I have been struck again at the smallness – and yet clearly great potency – of the tablets prescribed by my doctor. Coincidentally (?!) I read a couple of days ago some notes by C.H.Spurgeon on Deuteronomy 7v22a “The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little.” He writes “Do not expect to win victories for the Lord by a single blow. Evil principles and practices die hard. Our business in this world is to conquer it for Jesus. The Lord our God can alone accomplish this, and He promises that He will so work. Go on little by little, for many ‘littles’ will make a great whole.”
I am also reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 17v20 – “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
The world, the devil, our own ‘flesh’ may deride us for being so small, so insignificant but “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8v31). Just as my tiny tablets have, little by little, improved my foot, so little by little we can achieve great things with and for the Lord.
Peace and Grace