God of the Little Things (Reading 2 Kings 6:1-7)

Creating the universe was a big thing. A guy losing an axe head in a river, in comparison, is a little thing. Syria laying siege to Samaria is a big thing (2 Kings 6:8 – 7:20). Again, a guy losing an axe head in a river, by comparison, is a little thing. Yet through Elisha, God granted a miracle to help a guy get a borrowed axe back. The same power that called chaos into created order was used to make iron swim.

The political leaders of the world are gathering this week in New York. People who want to blow us up are going to be in the Big Apple. That’s a big thing. I have a Hebrew quiz tonight. To me, I could care less about Obama shaking hands with a terrorist. I just want to make sure I have the proper pointings on the second person plural form of objective Hebrew pronouns. Tonight, for me, Hebrew is a big thing.

The big and little of it all is relative to the individual. Syria is laying siege to Samaria, that’s a big thing, but to the guy who lost a borrowed axe, that is also a big thing. So right in the midst of it all the writer of 2 Kings inserts a story to remind us we have a big God who cares about the big and the little of it all. He will be glorified by making iron swim and He will be glorified by blinding the Syrian army. Only a good God can be so glorified with the little and the big.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be in New York this week. What’s going on with you? God is not only sovereign, but He is caring. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7).”


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