24 Dec 2018

Little Axes Chop Down Big Trees

by Matthew Hill

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Zechariah 6:1 - 7:14 Revelation 15:1-8 Psalm 143:1-12 Proverbs 30:24-28

The writer of these proverbs looks at the small insects and animals of the world, studies the way they work and declares that they are exceedingly wise. The creatures mentioned each have a role to play in their surroundings. Ants are not strong but are forward-thinkers. Rock badgers are feeble but make homes in steep rock faces. Locusts are kingless but advance in ranks. Spiders grasp with their hands and can be found in kings’ palaces.

We must never underestimate the small things of this world or the significance they can have. Great things can be achieved through someone who only has a little faith, provided that their faith is strong and trusts that nothing is impossible; that it is grounded in Jesus. Jesus speaks about a faith the size of a mustard seed and how mighty that seed can become (see Matthew 17:20).

Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) says:

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…”

Don’t be afraid of starting off small with God. Be a servant and in time He will see your faithfulness and take you on a journey that knows no ends. Every journey starts with the first step, but as we learn to keep moving forward we become men and women God can use. The saying goes: “Little axes chop down big trees.” Prepare yourself for the next step in your walk with God. His plans are perfect, but they always start small.

Pause and reflect: “Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for the journey You have set before me. I ask that as I walk each day in faith it will grow and that I will become a man/woman of faith that You can use. I pray that I will not waver in the days ahead. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Matthew Hill
Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill is campus director at Hope Ministries Cwmbran, which opened in 2016. This Christ-centred ministry helps young men with life-controlling issues, such as drug and alcohol addiction. It was birthed in Tennessee, where Matthew undertook his training. He is married to Sara, who is also very instrumental in this work.

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