Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

The day of small things

Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

The scripture ask an important question of us today, demanding to know.about those who despised the day of small things or humble beginning as some other translations records it. We may indeed expand this question to also say that the scripture also wants to know why such would also despise the days of humble beginning. 

There is a reason why the scripture poses this question to us, and we would have to factor the wider context which prompted the question. This message was given to Prophet Zechariah to deliver to Zerubabel along with the returning jewish exiles, had been commisioned to begin the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, but were as a result confronted by what appeared to be an insurmountable odds, one which made them look helpless and out of their depth.

. You see this question came up because, those who take this position by their stance do openly throw a challenge at God , a challenge that comes about as a result of the odds which the days of small beginnings throws their ways. So what does the day of small things look like? Well they are those days in our walk with God when as we learn to trust him on the journey he has called us to embark with him in Christ Jesus, things appear not to add up from our perspective. They are those days when the reality of the struggle that daily assails us would appear not to tally with what his word is really saying to us. The days of humble beginning represent those days when it would appear as if we are fooling no one but ourselves, they are those days when we are confronted by our limitations and we can hear audibly its taunting voice saying to us. ..'Just who do you think you are kidding'. The day of small beginning represents the days when those who are close to us can no longer hide the contempt they have for us because of the position we have taken for Christ. The day of small beginning represent the days when our mortality confronts us having been stripped of the pretentious way of living which the system of the world used in the past to help cover us up, but now stripped bare in exchange for that which God now demands from us, but which appears to be beyond our reach.

There are two categories of people that this question addreses, but only one of them would come into the promise which comes thereafter. The first would be the one who is directly affected by the day of small beginning and is facing the struggles as well as the challenges which the day heralds. The other category would be those who sit in the seat of the mockers while saying, how can anything good come out of this. Note carefully that the scripture asked this question in the past tense, as in saying those who in the past despised the days of humble beginning.and turned away from such act, they would end up rejoicing. Hence this important warning readily comes to mind;

Hebrews 12:5-6 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

There is nothing strange about the day of small beginning for the people of God, for with everyone that God assigns a task or calls into a walk with himself, it must be stated that this day fit into what is a general pattern with him. And for everyone he calls a son or his own, they would experience this day on their way into the glory or reward he promises. In addition, we need to understaand that with God there is a time and a season for everything he has ordained under heaven, they work for and complement. each other. Those who have endured the day of small beginnings woud also celebrate the day of glory.