Daily D – Micah 5:2
Micah 5:2 Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; one will come from you to be ruler over Israel for me. His origin is from antiquity, from ancient times. (CSB)
Size does not equate to significance.
This morning I am wrangling four dogs. It is a Saturday morning. People like to sleep late on Saturday morning. My bride is sleeping late. Our daughter, whose husband is out of town, is sleeping late. The dogs? Not so much.
The three large dogs are fairly self-sufficient. They know their business and manage it well. The Tiny Puppy? He requires a bit more care. Scottie the Scottish Terrier is curious and playful. He loves running with the big dogs. However, his necessary trips outside require a leash and a guide. He could easily escape under the fence otherwise.
LBD (Little Black Dog) requires extra attention. Lots of extra attention.
Size is not the same thing as significance. We are reminded of this truth when we stub a wee toe.
David the Shepherd Boy was the runt of the litter. He was the smallest warrior on the field of battle. However, his qualifications included taking out a lion and a bear. Bring on the Big Boy.
That place where David came from, Bethlehem? A small place. But it was the birthplace of a king. It was also the birthplace of The King of Kings.
When Herod wanted to know what the prophets said about where the one born King of the Jews could be found, the Scroll Scholars of the day immediately pointed to Bethlehem. (See Matthew 2:1-6.)
And this is where I had to give up due to early morning adventures with dogs. Then I led training with a church in Dallas. Now I need a nap.
Small towns, small boys, and small girls accomplish big things in spite of their size. Size is not the same thing as significance. Our Father in heaven can take little things and do big, big things. What can he do with you?
When our Father in heaven decided to step into time, he did not come BIG. Jesus came the same way we all have. He came as a baby. Every baby has wondrous possibilities packed inside him or her. Our Father in heaven has dreamed a dream for every child, a dream he alone can ultimately fulfill.
You are well removed from the day of your birth, but you do not have to remain removed from God’s dream for your life. He is ready to start where you are and lead you where he always dreamed you would be. Will you allow him to maximize your life by living into the life of his dreams for you? You can. It all begins with a simple Yes to his invitation.
Where will his dreams for you take you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life?
I will live the life of God’s dreams for me.
Our Father, you dream better than I do. I want to live the life of your dreams for me. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.