I found myself observing a dove out my kitchen window this morning. She kept trying to land near our bird feeder but the snowfall last night had proven to be just too deep for her to gain secure footing. She resorted to landing on our fence top longing looking at the seed she could not get to. I thought of what Napoleon Hill said, “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” So I grabbed my kitchen broom and boots and darted out in the crisp air to sweep away the snow from under the feeder and then scatter seed from the feeder all over the open spot. Running back to the warmth of my kitchen I watched and waited until sure enough God brought the dove back (and a rabbit) to now enjoy the revealed solid ground and fresh seed! It’s the little things for me but that gave me such joy in giving through a moment in time God had given me!
Reminds me that the longest chapter in the bible is Psalm 119 and deals mostly with His Word. The second longest chapter in the bible is Numbers 7 and deals mostly with giving. Makes sense right… God is a giver – 1 Tim. 6:17 ..God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Satan is a stealer – John 10:1 ..a thief and a robber. Who do we imitate or who will we imitate today?
The two longest chapters in the bible point to His Word and giving. James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. We are to be faithful stewards with what we have been given, freely giving of ourselves whether we have much or very little. Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Numbers 7 records that to the Gershonites, two carts and four oxen were given to assist them in their required work. However the Merarites were given four carts and eight oxen. Furthermore the Kohathites were not given anything. “Unfair!”, we might cry. We look around at others and wonder why THEY have been given so much not understanding that with much, much has been required. Those four carts break down and loose wheels. If we have little maybe that allows for greater intimacy with the Father without all the carts and oxen getting in the way?! Have you ever looked around like I have and thought, “Wow! That person has been entrusted with such a burden, such a sorrow! I could never go through that and survive let alone remain faithful!.” But God has not asked me to carry that load (yet) and thus has not given me the necessary cart and oxen to share that kind of load with Him. God is a fair and generous God, He always knows best. Let’s trust Him this day with where He has us and with what He has given us. Generously living out the Word in faithful dependence of the One who is always faithful.
Independent Read: 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:19