The little things…

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31 esv

The prince of preachers, Charles H Spurgeon, (c.1869) reflects on this…

I would, with special earnestness, beg you to believe that God is in little things.

It is the little troubles of life that annoy us the most. A man can put up with the loss of a dear friend sometimes, better than he can with the burning of his fingers with a coal, or some little accident that may occur to him. The little stones in the sandal make the traveler limp; while great stones do him little hurt, for he soon leaps over them.

Believe that God arranges the littles. Take the little troubles as they come and bring them to your God, because they come from God. Believe that nothing is little to God, which concerns His people. To Him, indeed, your greatest concerns may be said to be little; and your little anxieties are not too small for His notice.

The very hairs of your head are all numbered; you may, therefore, pray to him about your smallest griefs. If not a sparrow hops upon the ground without your Father — you have reason to see that the smallest events in your career are arranged by Him, and it should be your joy to accept them as they come, and not make them causes of irritation, either to others or to yourselves.

This is a truth on which you may rely implicitly, and exercise yourselves continually, until you lull the sharpest pains, calm the most feverish excitements, and obtain the sweetest repose that a Christian can indulge in.

Everything in the future is appointed by God. All is in the hand of the great King. The Lord is King; let his people rejoice!

Words to strengthen the heart

To encourage someone is a great, and proper thing. The root meaning of the word has to do with imparting strength to the heart — strengthening someone’s inner man or attitude or resolve so that they might persevere in a course or with a task.

In his book UNFASHIONABLE, Making A Difference in the Word by Being Different, Tullian Tchividijian speaks about encouragement:

What is encouragement? We know it’s something we all yearn for. We all know how an encouraging word from someone can carry us for weeks, months, even years. Why is that? And what is encouragement really all about?

There’s a counterfeit type of encouragement; and a genuine type of encouragement. The counterfeit type is what the Bible calls FLATTERY. It’s selfish smooth talk. The person who offers it does so for selfish reasons (If I tell this person something nice, he’ll do for me what I want him to do.) But true encouragement is different. Understood biblically, real encouragement is the verbal affirmation of someone’s strength, giftedness, or accomplishment, along with the realization that God the Creator is the ultimate source behind whatever’s being affirmed.

Considering the command of Ephesians 4:29, we all must aim at giving more encouragement:

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.