The Power of Small Beginnings
One of the greatest adventures in the Bible is recounted in 1 Samuel 17. The ending of this saga is magnificent:
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him (1 Samuel 17:50).
David finished the task at hand; like the apostle Paul who said, 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith' (2 Timothy 4:7), David finished the job. And we tend to celebrate endings, because we like results. But we often don't celebrate the process - the painful, challenging, and inauspicious beginning that leads to those great victories.
If we start at the end of 1 Samuel 17, we eventully discover the beginning that led to this great ending:
- David killed the Giant
- Because he trusted God and ran Ran to the Battle
- Using weapons he knew
- Choosing not believe the lies about God
- And declaring in faith what God was going to do
- Because he loved God enough to defend his honour
- Because he put on a spirit of faith in the face of fear
- Because he was in the right place at the right time
- Because he obeyed his father and carried his cheese.
In short: David's day of destiny unfolded because he was willing to embrace the mundane process of being faithful small things. David ending up toppling giants because he carried his cheese. Remember:
Faithfulness with small things positions us for moments of significnce.
When you wake up tomorrow, your diary may tell you it's an ordinary day. But what is God saying? You never know what may be in store once you take the step of walking out your door. Often, we want to arrive without taking the journey; we want to win without having to fight. Remember:
Great endings are almost always the fruit of small beginnings; faithfulness with little positions us for destiny.
The good news for us is that we have a champion who has gone before us; Jesus faithfully lived every day in light of the ultimate victory he was achieve for God's people, a victory over death, hell, sin, and the grave. By faith, we follow in his footsteps, and his victory is ours.