DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT TUESDAY - ATTEND TO THE LITTLE THINGS.
"It is better to have God’s approval, than the world’s applause: there is a time shortly coming when a smile from God's face will be infinitely better than all the applause of men: how sweet will that word be, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant." - Our Daily Bread.
THE SMALL THINGS THAT SPOIL
A good definition of SPOIL = something taken from another by force or craftiness. Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. - Song 2:15.
We must watch the small things which may spoil our testimony. This is a warning to believers to crush our sinful appetites and passions, which are as little foxes, which destroy our graces and comforts, and squash good beginnings. Whatever hinders us in that which is good, we must destroy it.
Remember... "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. - Luke 16:10.
Be on guard against the “little foxes,” that evil thought, that hasty word, that burst of temper, that snap judgment which may bring defeat. Put on the whole armour of God by prayer, Bible study, Spiritual exercise, and we will be able to keep at bay enemies both large and small.
SMALL THINGS SOMETIMES GENERATE BIG OPPORTUNITIES! Then he said, "Take the arrows," and the king took them. Elisha told him, "Strike the ground." He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times." - 2 Kings 13:18-19.
In neglecting small things, the King exposed half-heartedness, in neglecting small things it resulted in lost opportunity. Our unfaithfulness limits the goodness of God, but if we are faithful in the small things, He will be faithful in the big things.Everybody has dreams of great opportunies. The reason our ship hasn't come in, is probably because we have sent none out.
So many have said, "Well, if I had more ---------- Oh, the things I could do.” God is asking us, “What are you doing with what I have given you?” Health, home, children, husband, talent, money, etc. The smallest deed for Him, does not escape the eye of the Father, and He will bless it.
The Irish Potato Famine (1846-1851) resulted in a 30 percent drop in the population of the west of Ireland. The prolonged suffering of the Irish peasantry had broken the survivors in body and spirit. John Bloomfield, the owner of Castle Caldwell in County Fermanagh, was working on the recovery of his estate when he noticed that the exteriors of his tenant farmers' small cottages had a vivid white finish. He was informed that there was a clay deposit on his property of unusually fine quality. To generate revenue and provide employment on his estate, he built a pottery at the village of Belleek in 1857. The unusually fine clay yielded a porcelain china that was translucent with a glass-like finish. It was worked into traditional Irish designs and was an immediate success.
Today, Belleek's delicate strength and its iridescent pearlized glaze is enthusiastically purchased the world over. This multimillion-dollar industry arose from innovative thinking during some very anxious times. - Bits & Pieces.
As I said before, I believe that God is telling to us to pay close attention to small things, details, because it is these small things, that is upsetting our lives in great ways.
Loving Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to be more aware of small things that go undetected in my life, which can cause problems with far reaching consequences. I ask this in the wonderful and mighty name of Jesus, my Lord and Saviour. Amen.