Sunday, November 1, 2009
Rescued by a Little Guy
14There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
15Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
What did this man contribute? A word of insight directly from the Lord? An historic recollection of the weaknesses of the enemy? A keen awareness of human nature and a way to motivate fellow-citizens to best advantage? A gift of faith for miracles? We do not know, but we do know as did Solomon, that we are not inclined to laud the little guy. Rather we heap praises upon and give much credit to the one "who does well for himself".
Listen to the Psalmist in Psalm 49:
16Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
17For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
18Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.
We have an enemy attacking our cities. Indifference. Coldness. Worldliness.
Here again poor little unassuming men and women hold the answer for victory. They have been exercising it for a long time. In small, frequent and gracious ways. Compassion. Courtesy. Their example holds back the onslaught of the callous.
It comes in small deeds of consideration and affirmation. A smile; a listening ear; a door held open; a name remembered; a parking place forfeited; an arm extended to the elderly crossing the street or rising from a chair; a heartfelt contribution to the collection for relief; a hospital visit; a casserole for the bereaved; a basket of food or clothes or books; a helpful tip to the new employee on the job. The list is endless. It is fulfilled by the little ones. Little ones who understand and who love.
Remember the fabled man with the oil-can who went about lubricating and smoothing all that he could. Wheels, doors, hinges, pulleys, machine parts. Things which would otherwise labour, grind, squeal or jam.
Remember also Paul's observation in First Corinthians One:
26For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Now, the battle is here. Will you step forward? Will you deliver the city? Un-recognized?