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nothing too little for god

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Nothing too Little for God

On October 8, 1871, it had been an extremely dry season. A little couple named Patrick and Catherine O’Leary lived in their little house. The little lady got up early that morning. She took a little match and lit a little oil lamp. Later she went out to the little barn to milk their little Jersey cow. There was a little wind blowing that morning. She got a little hay and placed it in front of the little cow to milk. The cow got excited and knocked the little dim lamp over and the little fire from the little lamp caught the little hay of fire. Quickly the little fire ignited the little barn, the wind carried the fire to their little house. The fire burned out of control from October 8 through 10. 17,000 buildings and houses were destroyed. Over 300 people died, and 100,000 people were left homeless. The fire burned a four-mile long and one-mile wide area of Chicago. Finally, a little rain came blowing in and the rain helped the firefighters in their effort. Looting and lawlessness broken out and martial law was declared. Several companies of soldiers were placed on duty to re-establish control. Today the Chicago Fire Department has a training academy on the property where all the little things came together at once.

Little things make a difference. In fact, God takes little people and little ideas and little people and multiplies their substance with his mighty Holy Spirit to accomplish magnificent things.

In Zechariah 4:1-10, God encourages his frustrated leader, Zerubbabel, to keep up the nearly impossible task of rebuilding the city of Jerusalem. It didn’t look like he had enough resources to complete the task God had laid out before him. But God told his man that provision would be made by his Spirit. The first part of verse 10 says, “Who dares despise the day of small things…”

All Zerubbabel had to do was pick up some measuring tools to inspire his workers to get busy and follower their leader. Empowered by the Holy Spirit to get busy and do a few small things, God would bring together everything needed to accomplish the task.

Zerubbabel would see the power of God take little things and build a magnificent city.

You may think you are little. You may think that your ability is little. You may think your bank account is little. You may think all of your resources are too little, but you have a resource available to you through God’s Spirit and He will bring greatness from what seems too little.

Sunday I will share a message with you from a text that has inspired me throughout my ministry. The message we share is titled “God’s Work God’s Way” based on Zechariah 4:1-10. I pray that you will be inspired by the same inspiration that re-built the city of Jerusalem.

Little, but empowered,


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