Matthew 20:1-16; Numbers 13-14; Ecclesiastes 9:1-12
I wonder why it is that I don’t remember the many different ways that God has protected me when I encounter a difficult situation. Trouble comes to me and I start whimpering, wondering why God won’t deal with things. The amazing thing is that God sees me through those times and still loves me. The Israelites were getting ready for a defining moment in history. They were preparing to enter the Promised Land. They sent spies out to find out what was ahead of them. Ten of the twelve spies saw the dangers. Two of them saw God’s promise. In the discussion, the ten described the situation like this: “We saw there the Nephilim (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We saw ourselves as grasshoppers, and that’s how we appeared to them.” (Numbers 13:33) Grasshoppers may be small, but God had used locusts, about the same size as grasshoppers as well as lice and gnats to overthrow Egypt – one of the greatest powers of the Ancient world. They may have felt small in comparison to the Nephilim, but they had seen God use much smaller beings in a greater way. I am so much like the Israelites here. I come before problems and begin to feel small and worthless. I let God know that I can’t do what He wants because I’m so small compared to the great problem in front of me. Maybe I need to realize that God doesn’t want me to overpower a problem; He wants me to be small enough to let Him deal with the problem.
Lord God, make me small today. As I face problems let me be small enough not to get in Your way. Let me have enough faith and trust in You to deal with any problem I might face.