Despising the Day of Small Things

For who hath despised the day of small things?  for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Zechariah 4:10

I like the question that begins this verse: “For who hath despised the day of small things?”  It’s easy to despise the day of small things.  It’s easy to despise small things.  Often, we get wrapped up in the “big things.”  We want to do the big things.  We want to think about the big things.  We want to remember the big things that we did yesterday or last week or last year.  While the “big things” are great, the small things are just as important, if not more important for one simple reason:

When you think about it, the big things are made up of small things.  And the small things are made up of even smaller things.  For example: a good and common Christian New Year’s resolution is to read the entire Bible through, from cover to cover.  That is a good and noble “big thing.”  But, unless you are a speed reader with a large pot of coffee, you are probably not going to just sit down and read the entire thing at once.  You are going to have to read a couple of chapters today and couple more chapters tomorrow.  Those are the “small things.”  It might seem insignificant to just read one or two chapters, but if you continually neglect those “small things,” you will never finish the “big thing” of reading the entire Bible.

That is the nature of most things.  Most grand undertakings are actually just a compilation of many minor undertakings.  Building a house is a big project, but it is a big project that is made up of hundreds of small projects.  It is the same in life.  If we will take of the every day, small things, the big things will usually take care of themselves.  Let us be careful to not despise the day of small things!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben

    I was actually going to post a thank you to you for taking on the challenge of posting the daily Bible readings. 🙂 How timely is His timing? 😉

    Thanks for reminding us to pay attention to the little things…

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. I have lots of little things days! My whole life is mostly little things. So you just blessed and encouraged me big time! Thank you and God bless you, Ben!

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