Thursday, October 4th,
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OR GREAT, WHICH?
will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great" (Psalm 115:13)
I hadn't thought of the dichotomy in this verse
until Jerry Savelle mentioned it in a sermon the other night. He stated that
God included the word "small" there for people that haven't got out of that
mentality yet. Okay, so either way God wills to bless us, small or great. If He
is going to bless us anyway, we might as well move up to the great category,
right? The Lord is not a respecter or persons. Small and great are no different
in His sight, but they sure are in ours. The name Paul means petite or small. Small
Paul; I don't think so. Physical stature never determines the spiritual.
Paul was a giant. Greatness is a stature within the mind; I'm not talking about
vanity, but a healthy God-esteem.
Small is an identity. Small is a mental
confine. Small is what you were back then. Kings and queens were all born
babies but there comes a time when grownups fill out. Sad it is when
self-image doesn't keep up with the growth of age. A year ago my granddaughter
said "I'm this many" and held up three fingers. In time she won't be valued by
the fingers of one hand but by unlimited measures. Has anyone told you "how
great thou art" lately? No, you are not God but you are made in the likeness
and image of God. How can anyone equate that with small? One of my favorite
Bible teacher's last names is Small. He might want to change his name to
something like Great, but that might be misinterpreted. Of course, he
has no difficulty with his given name since He knows well who he is in Christ.
I have another preacher friend whose last name
is Money. Poor guy, he will never know for sure what his wife meant when
she said she married "for the Money". Enough on names. Just know that you, if
you choose to be, can be among the greats.
"He will bless them that fear the Lord..."
Notice, there is no greatness outside the fear of the Lord. The fear of the
Lord is beginning of wisdom. "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly" (Psalm 1:1). If He blesses both small and great we
might assume that there are also degrees of blessing, small and great. Jesus
announced that "according to your faith, be it unto you". Blessing is blessing,
small or great, but there are differing sizes of blessing. There is a blessing
that is thimble-size, water tower-size and football stadium-size. One is no
bigger to God than the other. We are the ones who have a problem believing for
more zeroes on the check's "pay to" line. A God who deals in light-years isn't
floored by little figures like thousands, millions or even billions. Our
capacity to receive big depends on our ability to think big. He will bless
people, "both small and great", but He cannot bless like He desires if we
remain small thinkers. The key is to be more elastic. God made skin with the
amazing power to stretch. Know it or not, He also put that power in our minds.