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The Day of Small Things

Today’s reading: Zechariah 4:1-9:8

My selection: Zechariah 4:8-10

8 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 10 For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.

My reflections: When the rebuilding of the temple began, there were many who thought that nothing would come of it, that it would be insignificant, a pale shadow of the original temple. They thought it would be a “small thing” and they despised that “day of small things.”  But God delights in working in unpromising situations and through weak human instruments effecting His will by His Spirit (4:6). God shows His power in small things and small people so that the glory goes to Him alone. Zerubbabel would be the general contractor to rebuild the temple but the glory would go to God, not Zerubbabel.

My challenge: What kinds of apparently small things are you despising today? Be faithful in the small things in your life that seem unimportant, mundane, tedious, and unpromising. They may be like a mustard seed that will grow and overwhelm the more impressive “big things” you see.

As Jesus said,

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. Luke 16:10 (ESV)

Tomorrow’s reading: Zechariah 9:9-14:21

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