I do a great deal of reading, scads of articles, books, commentaries and for those who know me best, yes dictionaries, Lexicons and volumes of expository works. I read contemporary authors, Rabbinic writings for cultural content, but some of my favorite are of the classics. I read slowly as to not miss anything, but frankly in attempt to understand the old style of writing of Chambers, Wesley, Wuest and Murray.
This morning while reading Charles Spurgeon, I stopped. Fully alert. Read again. “There is nothing little in God.” Oh my! His verse of premise is “I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.” (Psalm 52:8) Beautiful, poetic, but researching further, the words do not convey the background. David wrote these words in anguish of heart, betrayal and conflict. Saul was still hunting him, wanting to kill him. (See story in 1 Samuel 22) Yet David declares, “I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.” God is. God is in the midst of us.
Spurgeon goes on: “This steadfast love is a tonic to your drooping spirits, a golden ointment to your bleeding wounds, a heavenly bandage to your broken bones, a royal chariot for your weary feet, a bosom of love for your trembling heart.” His love, His mercy. God is.
How many of us too share in anguish of heart, conflict swirls around us, we are broken, weary or trembling. Oh we may not have a troop of men on horseback, carrying swords to kill us, but we may have circumstances hounding us just the same. To those I say, to myself I say, “There is nothing little in God.” Do not mistake His small whispers, His soft gentleness as little. God is great. When God shows up, ALL of God shows up! No detail, no situation, no hurt of heart is too small or too big! God sees it and knows it, “I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”
I love Paul’s words… “My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength— that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite Him in. And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:14-20 (MSG)
Life, regardless, “There is nothing little in God.”
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)