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And Saul answered and said, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe[a] of Benjamin? Why then do you speak like this to me?” 1 Samuel 9:21 NKJV
Ordinary tasks can lead to the extraordinary. Ordinary days can show us an extraordinary God at work. This is as true today as it was for the man chosen to be the first king of Israel: Saul.
In some ways, Saul was extraordinary. He stood a head taller than the other men of Israel and was strong and good-looking. Yet, he was from the least tribe of Israel and he was anointed as king while doing a menial, ordinary task.
Lost donkeys? Saul may have scoffed at his father’s request to look for some lost donkeys. He could have said, “Donkeys? Really?” He didn’t. He just faithfully and obediently went out to look for donkeys. I realize in the present day looking for donkeys would not be ordinary task, but it certainly was in those days. It was as menial a chore as taking out the trash or picking the weeds. He was faithful in the small things.
After this point, his life would change forever. He would leave as a son doing his chores, and return as a powerful king tasked with uniting and protecting a dozen tribes containing millions of people.
God calls us to be faithful in the small things. In a prophecy recorded in Zechariah 4:10, the Lord states, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.” (NLT). Jesus also says, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much;” Luke 16:10 (NKJV). The extraordinary is entrusted to those who are faithful in ordinary things.
Be faithful in the small things. Look up and see what God has for you. Do everything, every small or large task as unto the Lord. As God promised to Abram, “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Genesis 15:1 NKJV
Warren Wiersbe says, “Large doors swing on small hinges.” We might feel like the task we are doing is menial, but God sees all the pieces working together.
May you continue to do the ordinary, knowing that our extraordinary God is at work.