How to Endure the Days of Small Things

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A stone, a staff, a donkey's jawbone…why did God use such small things to change the world? Watch this illustration as it shows us that God can use anything at any time to accomplish His purpose.


List some of the ways your life has changed because of the small things God has given you.
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Listen carefully as Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, challenges every minister and church planter to trust the power of God to accomplish the goals they have set out to do and to continue to work within the days of small things.


Read Zechariah 4:1–10. Observe Zerubbabel's state of mind in the beginning of the passage. The angel had aroused him as if he had "awakened from his sleep." How is God arousing you during your season of small things? How is He inspiring you?
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Zechariah 4:1-10 (NASB)

The Golden Lampstand and Olive Trees

1Then the angel who was speaking with me returned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep.2He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it;3also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side.”4Then I said to the angel who was speaking with me saying, “What are these, my lord?”5So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.”6Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.7‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”

8Also the word of the LORD came to me, saying,9“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.10“For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the LORD which range to and fro throughout the earth.”

New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

What "mountains" or obstacles are you currently facing in your ministry? How are you responding to these "mountains?"
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How are you working within what God has given you? Do you find yourself wanting to get ahead of God's plan? If so, how are you doing that? What can you do to avoid that and trust God more with what He has given you?
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God promised Zerubbabel that as he had "laid the foundation" of the temple, so he would also complete it. God kept His promise to Zerubbabel (see Ezra 6:14 –15). How does this encourage you in regards to where you are in your ministry? How are you encouraging others who are working with you?
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God loves using the small for His purpose. Pastor Graham encouraged us to never despise the day of small things for God is glorified in the small things and uses them to accomplish great things.