Little things matter to God – Bible Study Notes
Here are the notes from last night’s Bible study.
God sees all the little things
Luke 12: 2-3 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
- Depending on what we are saying and doing in our private life, this scripture is either very encouraging to us or its convicting. Our behavior in privacy, behind closed doors will eventually come out in our public life. God loves us. He is not waiting for a certain time to uncover and embarrass us. This scripture is revealing a biblical truth to us. There are no secrets with God. We can’t live two separate lives forever… at some point the two worlds collide. The little things in our private life that may seem insignificant to us, matter to God.
Big results come from small beginnings
Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable; “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.
- Jesus is a wonderful story-teller. He used parables to help us visualize biblical concepts. In this scripture He reminds us that a mustard seed is about as small a start as it gets. Yet, after it grows it not only becomes one of the biggest garden plants; it actually becomes a tree. What was once only a small seed becomes a full-grown tree, fulfilling its purpose in life.
- You and I have purpose in life too. Sometimes the goal seems so far away. This story reminds us that we have to start somewhere. It might seem like a tiny little start, but a small start is all you need to eventually have big results. We can change the entire course of our life, by simply making one small change and sticking with it. When we are in the “mustard seed” stage of our purpose and we just keep going forward, big results will be in our future.
The little things are preparation and testing for bigger things
Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
- Our future depends a lot on how we take care of what we have right now. It’s a stewardship concept. When making plans for our future, we must take a good look at what is in our life right now. Everything we have been trusted with up to this point is actually preparing us to be ready for the growth and abundance in our future. If we can manage what we have already been given, then we are ready for more.
- Our current situation in life is not only preparation for us. It is a testing ground. For example, you give someone something small and then they ask you for something bigger. You would have confidence to give it to them, if they took care of what you already gave to them. The same is true in our prayer life. If we are asking God to give us more, we should remember that God is very well aware of how we have handled what He has already given to us. He knows if we are ready to receive what we are asking for.
Victory comes little by little
Deuteronomy 7:22 The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.
- There are obstacles and personal mountains for each of us to overcome in life. We all need victory in some area. God is faithful. Do not doubt. He will be with you and help you to the victory you seek. But it won’t come all at once. Victory comes little by little.
- In this scripture, God explains to the children of Israel that although victory is certain, it can not happen all at once. God is very aware of our specific situation. He sees things ahead of us that we don’t see. Attaining victory little by little is actually in our best interest and allows us to fully enjoy and maintain the victory. perseverance and patience is the key. Don’t worry, God is faithful and always on time.