Can a Little Be Better Than Much?

Can a Little Be Better Than Much?

A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.  Psalm 37:16

A favorite song in churches the world over is “Little is Much.”  What a truth is captured by that opening phrase of the chorus: “Little is much when God is in it…”  The believer has the Lord and He is the One Who owns the “cattle on a thousand hills.”  Our God is the owner of everything.  The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.  Whenever you are tempted to become discouraged at the thought of not having much – think about the truth that you have many things to be thankful for.  Besides, not everything is measured in dollars and cents.  While the wicked fight, steal, and even kill for more “stuff,” we can rest content in God’s care.  David described how he had everything he needed.  The New Testament tells us to “be content” in whatever state or condition we find ourselves in.    Little possessions can be a blessing.  Many people allow the possessions they own to “own them.” Their schedules and habits become dependent upon their possessions.  Sometimes the more we own, the more the stuff owns us!  Everything good comes from God.  Sometimes, His withholding certain possessions from us is the best thing for us.  For example, having a boat could be a good thing, but if it is a temptation to stay on the boat on Sunday’s instead of being in church, perhaps the Lord will not give you one.  Ask the Lord to be content with what He has given you.  Avoid comparing yourself and your possessions with other people as that would be unwise.  Determine to live each day thankful for the little or the much He has given you.

Lips & Lives that Praise the Lord

Lips & Lives that Praise the Lord

So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.  Psalm 61:8

We hear the phrase “praise the Lord” often as we fellowship among other Christians.   It is a good thing to give verbal appreciation to the Lord.  To testify with words and give praise to the name of the Lord is a wonderful testimony and helps you focus on the goodness of the Lord.  David is used of God to write down this scripture in a short chapter devoted to worship and recognition of the Lord.  During this time of year, it is easy to become so busy that we forget to pause and thank the Lord, to give praise to His name.  In addition to praise the Lord in song, David speaks of performing his vows he made to the Lord daily.  Our praise of God with our lips helps us with praising God with our life! Every Christian that has been in church services has had the opportunity to make a vow to the Lord.  Some are vows for daily Bible reading, witnessing or praying.  Some are vows that are conditional such as being in church each time the doors are open.  For most that would be Sundays and Wednesdays.  Others have made daily vows dealing with the music they listen to, the amount they spend on Facebook, or the content of the media that they consume.  One great way to praise the Lord is with a life that is honoring to the vow made to the Lord.  A vow is a solemn promise or oath made in the presence of the Lord.  We do not want to lie to the Lord!    Ecclesiastes 5:4 says, “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.” Some have made lifetime vows such as “I will go to Bible College” only to not go.  Others have said “I will serve the Lord” only to not serve.  I challenge you today – Praise the Lord in what you say, and follow through with that praise in what you do.

Fields & Faith

Fields & Faith

Jeremiah 32:8 So Hanameel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.

Food was scarce; people were hungry and angry.  The spirit of the people was down, and danger was outside the city gate.  Jerusalem was under siege and God was using the Babylonian Empire to perform His will.  Israel had long rejected the Word of the Lord.  Jeremiah, the prophet of the day, was in prison because the King did not like his message.  While in prison, an amazing transaction takes place.  Jeremiahs’ cousin visits Jeremiah in prison and offers to sale a piece of land to him.  This land was a field in Anathoth, near were Jeremiah was born.  Anathoth was a city of refuge, a Levitical city in which Jeremiah grew up.   Being a few miles north of Jerusalem, this land was already occupied by the Babylonians and would be for many more years.  In the estimation of every Israelite, the field was worthless.  It was controlled by a foreign empire and could not be offered for sale by the former Israelitish owner.  Amazingly, Jeremiah agrees on a price and with an open deed, and a sealed deed for subsequent generations, he measures out the money and buys the land with many witnesses looking on.  Here are a few truths we can apply in our lives…

Blessings Later: Jeremiah would never see the land.  Either everyone in Jerusalem dies or is carried away captive to Babylon. His field would be occupied for the next 70 years.  Jeremiah sees how someone in his family in the future would benefit from his purchase of the field today.

Believe God: Jeremiah believed God.  He believed that God would bring his people out of captivity and back to their God-given land.

Big God: Jeremiah knew the land had no value at that moment.  Jeremiah trusted that God was able to deliver on His Word and he acted accordingly by faith that it would be worth something one day.  God is bigger than the land, enemy army, and the circumstances Jeremiah was in or that we are in.

Begin Praising: Jeremiah was praising the Lord.  Verse 17 starts one of the longest sentences of praise in the Bible.  Notice how it starts:  “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”

What was this field in Anathoth ever used for?  It is hard to say exactly.  Anathoth was known for its’ stone quarries.  Stones from there were used to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and to rebuild the Temple when everyone came back after the captivity.  I believe Jeremiah’s investment helped later generations build and rebuild their city and the Temple to God’s glory.  Nehemiah, and others were blessed from the stone found in Jeremiah’s field.  

Is there a field in your life that God wants you to buy?  Follow the Lord by faith, believing that God can, and you will see His will come to pass to His glory… There is nothing too hard for God!