This morning as I sit here in the stillness….
Feeling thankful for a peaceful home—my Christmas tree all lit up so beautifully—
…the warmth of our wood stove filling our home…
What a gift. ?
And I’m sitting here with the Lord, I begin to think about so many in the church body who have turned their backs on God, on what He’s raising us up to do in this hour—in our country, in this world…
And I began to feel a deep, deep heart of repentance, and I began to just weep from that deep place.
It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting this morning, because I felt as though I have already been in that place in my heart before the Lord, many times.
And yet here it was again…
And so I prayed into it, feeling very small and “insignificant” in that moment, but I prayed big because I felt I was to “pray big”…
And after this wave of weeping and repentance seemed to wash over me, something else came after it.
I felt this sense of refreshment, this refilling, this confidence, this deep hope…
And with this came a question, and then a thought…
“God, what do we do when we only have a few?
God, what do we do when many have turned their backs?”
God, what happens when many in the church do not repent when You’re calling them to repent and step into Your ways, Your plans?”
And then after these questions, came a thought, a reminder…
“…But He has a ‘remnant.'”
Yes, “a small remaining quantity of something.”
“The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.”—Exodus 4:2
“…and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”—Matthew 13:32
“…but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”—1 Corinthians 1:27-29
“God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew… . At the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace” —Romans 11:1-5
And all He needs is the “small” —all He needs is the “insignificant” and He makes much out of the “little” …and even out of “nothing“…
All He needs is a “spark”… to start a raging fire. ?
All He needs is a “remnant”—the little piece of what’s left over.
“a small remaining quantity of something.”
A piece that many would consider “unusable“… but not God.
Don’t think that you’re “too small” to make a difference with what God has placed deep in your heart!
Don’t believe the lie that He can’t use you because you don’t think anyone will listen to what God puts on your heart, to do, to share, to pray…that it wouldn’t be worth the risk, that it wouldn’t make any difference…
God has a history of using the “small and the insignificant” to do His mighty work!
He has a history of doing the most “unbelievable” and “impossible” things…
And so I pray that He will fill us with such a confidence, such a drive and a passion, and a desire to see His will be done, and that He will give us a boldness and a deep, deep confidence in His ability…even though we see that we see a great lack in our own abilities… And that He will help us to do whatever it is—big or small—that He asks of us in this time.
He can light a raging
Father, help us to do our part! No matter how big, no matter how small, no matter how likely it seems that it “wouldn’t even matter“… Prepare our hearts for what You’ve prepared for us, Lord! Help us to step into whatever You would have us to do. ?
May we listen so closely to His heart. ??