Morning Musing: 1 Samuel 14:23

“So the Lord saved Israel that day. And the battle passed beyond Beth-aven.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)‬‬

We never know when God will use our small thing to accomplish a big one. The Philistines were defeated and Israel had hardly lifted a finger to do it. This was a big, big thing because absent some other kind of divine intervention Israel stood no chance against the Philistines in battle. And yet, this big thing began with a small one.

It began when Jonathan and his armor bearer snuck off from the rest of the group and attacked one of the Philistine garrisons. They decided to put their faith in God’s ability to save the people to the test and essentially ambushed the group of soldiers in plain sight. All-in-all, the duo killed twenty of them. This commotion, combined with an earthquake set off by God, set the rest of the garrison in a panic. The panic gradually spread until they started attacking one another, eventually doing Israel’s job for them. In the end, Israel merely had to go through their front lines and mop up the leftovers.

Again, this was a big thing prompted by a small one. That’s how God typically works. He takes our small acts faithfulness and moves mountains. This is how Jesus told us it works. Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Have you heard the phrase, “Give me a long enough lever and I can move the world”? With God we are working with a universe-sized lever. Just a little bit of pressure and we can move anything. Our faith is the pressure.

Let us trust in our faithful God and live faithfully, doing the small things as we go that can accomplish big ones when God sets them in motion. It isn’t always glamorous, and we can’t always see the final results, but one day we will know. One day we will hear the stories of lives changed because of our small faithfulness. Small things accomplish big ones. Let’s get to work.

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