– Woodrow Kroll
In the Small Things
Perhaps the reason God changed the Apostle Paul’s name from Saul’s name (which means “destroyer”) to Paul (which means “little”) was to remind him of his insignificance before a Mighty God. God spoke through Zechariah the Prophet and said, “For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth” (Zech 4:10). Remember Gideon’s army? Small verses thousands, but with God on your side, it’s no contest!
Power in Weakness
If we could only take to heart what Paul said, “I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2nd Cor 12:10), then maybe we’ll stop trying to live the Christian life in our own strength. I found from experience that when I’m trying to be strong, I’m weak, but when I’m weak, only them can I be strong, but only through Christ (Phil 4:13).
He is Glorified
The Apostle Paul understood that God must receive all the glory because only He is worthy, so to make his point to a boastful church, Paul asked the Corinthians, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it” (1st Cor 4:7)? I did the math and here’s what I came up with that I didn’t receive from God….zero! That’s it! None of us can boast or brag about anything because anything we have comes from God’s gracious hand and so He should always receive all the glory for anything we do; All the glory to you Lord and none to us.
Big God, Small Problem
If we have a huge mountain-sized problem, we have a small God, but if our God is big, no problem is of major significance. Jesus gives us the best of advice: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). I would usually get some rest and then come to Jesus, but I noticed, I still had my burdens. He will not make us come to Him…we must come to Him on our own, and He says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt 11:29).
God never blinks an eye at huge, monumental problems because He made the mountains, and since He made the mountains, they must do what He commands them to do, and if it’s to be tossed into the sea, so what!? He’s God. He can do what He wants….and size doesn’t matter to Him. Does it to us?