Sometimes the most important things in life are not the things that get the most attention, are the most noticeable, or take up most of our time. Sometimes they are the little things: the kind words that will lift someone’s spirit; the short prayer that needs to be said; the small gesture of support; the few minutes that it takes to listen. The problem is that we often lose sight of the little things in life because they don’t scream for our attention. We’re so busy taking care of the urgent that we don’t have time for the little things even though we know how important they are.
The little things are also important in our spiritual lives. As Christians we can become so focused on the things that to us seem big (important) that it’s easy to overlook the little things. We like the spectacular, the exciting, and the impressive so much that we never consider the impact that the little things can have on our lives. Somehow we’re convinced that God is only in the big and that He certainly cannot be in the small. But that was not the experience of the Old Testament prophet Elijah (or of many of the other prophets). After his stunning victory over the pagan gods of Israel on Mt. Carmel, Elijah fled into the wilderness from Queen Jezebel who had threatened his life. It was there that God taught the prophet an invaluable lesson, one that we also need to learn. Standing on the mountain, Elijah watched for the presence of God. As he watched, hurricane force winds swept by; an earthquake shook the mountain; and finally a forest fire destroyed everything in sight. But God was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. Then the prophet heard a still small voice (I Kings 19:12) and it was in the small voice that God spoke.
It is often in the still small voice that God speaks to us today. It’s in the little statements of the Bible that we sometimes find the important truths for life. Statements that we can easily miss as we read the Bible because we are so focused on finding the “great” truths of scripture. We forget that the little statements may be life-changing. The Apostle Paul includes one of those little statements in Ephesians 5:2 where he urges us to walk in love. It’s only three words, even in the Greek, but they are some of the most important words in the entire Bible. Think for a moment of the impact you could have on your family, your church, your place of work, your community, even the world if every day you walked in love. If every word you spoke, every decision you made, every action was based on the love of Christ. How would that affect the people around you? Would they be encouraged? Would their lives be changed? It’s a little thing, but it’s so big.
As you read the Bible, look for the still small voice of God. Watch for the little things – sometimes they are the most important things.
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