“On October 17 of that same year, the LORD sent another message through the prophet Haggai. “Say this to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of God’s people there in the land: Is there anyone who can remember this house–the Temple–as it was before? In comparison, how does it look to you now? It must seem like nothing at all!” Haggai 2:2,3 NLT
It is true, Christian; We serve the God who pasted the stars into Heaven; We serve the God who built the storehouses of the snow (let’s just say it He came up with snow); We serve the God who destroyed the world by flood and who parted the Red Sea; He is the God who caused the sun to stand still for a day and who caused the sun to go backwards; He is the God who killed all the first-born of Egypt and the God who raised His own Son from the dead.
He is the God of all these tremendous acts and more. Why is it, then, that to us at moments He seems so amazingly underwhelming?
I think I just heard a lot of hands slapping over open mouths. Some of you just said “I can’t believe He said that.”
I’m just being real here. God is just not that awesome to most people. We know the stories. We believe them. Still, as C.S. Lewis said, most of us live our lives as practical atheists.
It’s not that we don’t want to believe. It’s just that out believing God is really restricted by our ability to see what He is doing.
God understood this about the Israelites. He knew what the new temple built under Zerubbabel would elicit as a reaction:
“Really!? That’s it? I thought it’d be bigger.”
“That’s the best we could do? Maybe I should worship Zeus His temple’s huge!”
” Last time I donate to a building project here.”
How things looked greatly affected the Israelites faith and to them things looked…little. Some of them, like some us, suffered with the mindset “little temple little God”.
That mindset is wrong!
The truth is God is the big God of little things. He chooses at times to use things that are weak, broken, little, old, and poor. He proves Himself to be the God of great miracles precisely because the vessels He chooses to flow through are so utterly useless, helpless, and itty-bitty.
As men and women of faith we have to stop relying on our human sight for understanding. We have to begin acknowledging that when things start looking smallish, when the battle seems to be going against us that is precisely when God is working.
The Father gave the Israelites a little divine encouragement concerning their little temple in Jerusalem.
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD Almighty. The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the LORD Almighty. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken!” Haggai 2: 8,9 NLT
I want to tell you Christian, if your dealing with a situation right now that seems a little less than what you had hoped, just know God is working. The future glory will be greater than you could imagine. You serve the big God of little things. Receive the little now and let Him make it much in His time.
What investment in His kingdom are you waiting to see a return on?