The Place of “Small Beginnings”


Zechariah‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

Small isn’t a belittling of your calling, or a diminishment of your future.
And small isn’t what keeps us from our big dreams. That place of Small is what keeps us for our big dreams.

‭‭’Small’ can be a precious place with God. Its in these humble places of ‘The Small’, if we press into God rather than get discouraged and turn from Him, where we experience the quiet nurture of the Holy Spirit, who draws us closer to the heart of God. “Small Beginnings” is a place we need to protect, preserve and remember, because it keeps all things big in perspective.

Most of us, including myself, could say, at some point in our lives, “I have despised the day of small things.” Maybe you’re there at this moment? That place in life where it feels as though that hope, that dream, that promise God gave you years ago  – even though you know God is always faithful and keeps his promises – seems as though it’s just not going to happen for you any time soon.

Take a  look at that ‘small beginning’ in your life. If what you see is less than encouraging, maybe you could take the bold step of looking at it again with this scripture in mind? Because hidden within that ‘smallness’ is a precious gift that will yield wisdom you won’t get any other way than working through that ‘small beginning’ with God – however long that takes.

God is not restricted by, or limited to time, as we are.
Zerubbabel was the civic leader of Jerusalem, and had the responsibility of overseeing the work of rebuilding the temple. The work had stalled, and Zerubbabel needed encouragement. It was a very long “day of small things” for Zerubbabel, because the work of the temple had lain in ruins for almost 20 years. I wonder did he think to himself, “What do you mean by ‘day of small things, God?’ Its been 20 years of small things!”
But remember God is not restricted by, or limited to time, as we are.
God is more interested in our hearts, along the journey than in getting a task done. he’s more interested in working in you than through you. 
2 Peter‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.”
‭‭Remember, when Zerubbabel was looking for encouragement, God said to him ‘  Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”(Zechariah‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬)
God didn’t need Zerubbabel to carry out his purposes. In the same way, he doesn’t need us – He’s is Almighty God! But out of his great love for us he chooses to partner with us and work with us. His purposes and deeds would continue by the power of his Spirit with or without our feeble human efforts.  God is more interested in our hearts.
Look again at what seems small in your world, you’ll begin to see how God has been working in you through this “day” of small beginnings, however long that might seem to you.

It’s in this small place that God can birth humility in us. Humility is that rare quality that doesn’t feel the need to take the credit. Humility knows that true success is found in bent knees, eyes lifted to God and heartfelt worship of The One who gives – And sometimes The One who withholds.
If we have never known what it is to experience and taste ‘small’, we will never really developed a taste for humility. We would only crave ‘Big’. A heart that craves big and never really experiences humility becomes inflated and distorted; never truly satisfied.
God never withholds out of spite, or ‘just because he can’. Or because he’s turning a deaf ear to our prayers, or because he has forgotten about us and definitely never ever out of comparisons with others, in which someone else may have been found more worthy or deserving.
If God withholds, it’s with the loving restraint of a Father
He withholds the big to protect the hidden workings of the small. (That special and precious work of humility, wisdom, faith or trust that he’s doing in your heart)

John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”

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‭‭’Small’ can be a precious place with God. Its in these humble places of ‘the small’, if we press into God rather than get discouraged and turn from Him, where we experience the quiet nurture of the Holy Spirit, who draws us closer to the heart of God. “Small Beginnings” is a place we need to protect, preserve and remember, because it keeps all things big in perspective.

Most of us, including myself, could say, at some point in our lives, “I have despised the day of small things.” Maybe you’re there at this moment? Where it feels as though that hope, that dream, that promise God gave you years ago – even though you know God is always faithful and keeps his promises – seems as though it’s just not going to happen for you any time soon.

Take a good look at that ‘small beginning’ in your life. If what you see is less than encouraging, maybe you could take the bold step of looking at it again with this scripture in mind? Because hidden within that ‘smallness’ is a precious gift that will yield wisdom you won’t get any other way than working through that ‘small beginning’ with God – however long that takes.

God is not restricted by, or limited to time, as we are.
Zerubbabel was the civic leader of Jerusalem, and had the responsibility of overseeing the work of rebuilding the temple. The work had stalled, and Zerubbabel needed encouragement. It was a very long “day of small things” for Zerubbabel, because the work of the temple had lain in ruins for almost 20 years. I wonder did he think to himself, “What do you mean by ‘day of small things, God?’ Its been 20 years of small things!”
But remember God is not restricted by, or limited to time, as we are.
God is more interested in our hearts, along the journey than in getting a task done.
2 Peter‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.”
‭‭
Look again at what seems small in your world, you’ll begin to see how God has been working in you through this “day” of small beginnings, however long that might seem to you.
It’s in this small place that God can birth humility in us. Humility is that rare quality that doesn’t feel the need to take the credit. Humility knows that true success is found in bent knees, eyes lifted to God and heartfelt worship of The One who gives – And sometimes The One who withholds.
If we have never known what it is to experience and taste ‘small’, we will never really developed a taste for humility. We would only crave ‘Big’. A heart that craves big and never really experiences humility becomes inflated and distorted; never truly satisfied.
God never withholds out of spite, or ‘just because he can’. Or because he’s turning a deaf ear to our prayers, or because he has forgotten about us and definitely never ever out of comparisons with others, in which someone else may have been found more worthy or deserving.
If God withholds, it’s with the loving restraint of a Father
He withholds the big to protect the hidden workings of the small. (That special and precious work of humility, wisdom, faith or trust that he’s doing in your heart)

Be encouraged. If you are in the place of ‘small beginnings, you won’t be in that place forever.

Jill Mc  💜

John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
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