Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Do Not Despise the Day of Small Things

In our Wednesday night study of the minor prophets, we came to Zechariah chapter 10, including the following;

So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
"What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of 'God bless it! God bless it!' "
Then the word of the LORD came to me: "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you.
"Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. Zech 4:6-10)

Our notes included an excerpt from Matthew Henry's commentary, on verse 10a, "Who despises the day of small things?..." It brought to my mind what is happening in the Anglican Church in Canada these days. Faithful people are boldly and bravely leaving the churches they have known, in many cases, as their church homes for years, because they see a spreading falling-away from the true Christian faith in favour of a culturally driven social spirituality. In some cases there are court cases pending over the ownership of land and buildings, but in others the faithful are meeting in school lunchrooms or town libraries under the banner of the Anglican Network in Canada (I link to both the Network blog and website at the bottom of my own blog below).

In several cases, the leaders of certain dioceses have made a point of mentioning that the Network numbers are a small and insignificant percentage of the national church, but I would like to quote Matthew Henry both as an encouragement to those who are remaining faithful in the face of official apostasy and as a caution to those who would seem to consider them as no more than a minor nuisnace;
"In God's work the day of small things is not to be despised. Though the instruments be weak and unlikely, God often chooses such, by them to bring about great things. As a great mountain becomes a plain before him when he pleases, so a little stone, cut... without hands, comes to fill the earth (Dan 2:35). Though the beginnings be small, God can make the latter end greatly to increase; a grain of mustard seed may become a great tree. Let not the dawning light be despised, for it will shine more and more to the perfect day. The day of small things is the day of precious things, and will be the day of great things."

Take Care

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