DESPISING THE DAYS OF SMALL BEGINNING?
Memorise: For who hath despised the day of small rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. Zechariah 4:10
Read: 1st Kings 18:42-44, Bible in one year: Jeremiah 51:52-52:34, Acts 27:13-32
Today’s reading is a popular Bible story that serves as a perfect example to illustrate God’s view on small beginnings. The Almighty God seems to favour the principle of things starting in a small, manageable way and then growing progressively. This principle runs through almost everything in creation. In the book of Genesis, God only created a sample of each species of plants and animals which He commanded to reproduce, then multiply and go on to replenish the earth. The outcome can be seen today. It is amazing to note that the Redeemed Christian Church of God started more or less like a house fellowship with about 12 members. Today, by God’s grace, it has grown into a Church with thousands of perishes spread all over the world, I therefore pray that though your beginning may be small, your latter end will be great in Jesus’ Name.
It is important to know that the message of Jesus Christ in the story of the mustard seed in Mark 4:30-32 was to show that though the size of a mustard seed may be small, it grows to become a massive plant. He likened this to the kingdom He came to establish, to show that the
will grow and its
final manifestation will be surprisingly great. Its final manifestation will
bear no resemblance to its small beginning. Truth to those words, the Church
has grown beyond measure and the gospel of Jesus Christ has almost travelled
round the whole world. Whatever you are doing or planning to do, be it in
ministry or in business, do not kill yourself to start big with everything in
place. Do not be discouraged by negative comments of despisers. Focus on your
assignment and look onto God for increase (Job 8:7). kingdom
After prophet Elijah had laboured vigorously in the place of prayer by casting himself down on the floor and putting his face between his knees, all he received was a little cloud like a man’s hand. But soon after, the sky was black with clouds and there was a great rain. There is somebody reading this devotional, maybe you are at the beginning of your education or training; maybe you are just starting a new perish or ministry, a new career or business. Do not be afraid because your beginning is small, the Almighty God will cause your latter end to be great in the Name of Jesus.
Father, please help my humble beginning; cause my latter end to be great in Jesus’ Name.