Little Is Much When God Is In It

“The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.”  — Isaiah 60:22

One snow-blanketed night, Canadian Fred Suffield awoke to an urgent pounding on his door. A half-frozen man reported that a train had stalled in the blizzard, and the passengers were in danger of freezing to death. Lighting a lantern, Fred followed the man to the site and led the travelers back to his house. Later one of the passengers, Kittie, wrote a thank you note. Fred replied, and Kittie wrote back. Their correspondence led to courtship and to marriage.

Some time later, Fred and Kittie attended a church in Ottawa pastored by Rev. A. J. Shea, and there they gave their lives to the Lord. As the couple grew in Christ, they entered the ministry of evangelism. One summer they invited Shea’s teenage son, George Beverly, to spend a month with them in Westport, Ontario, holding evangelistic meetings. One night, accompanied by Kittie on the piano, Bev attempted to sing, but his voice cracked on the high notes, and he sat down mortified, vowing never to sing again.

Kittie wouldn’t hear of it, suggesting he sing in a lower key. He did, and he kept on singing and singing and singing.

Many years passed, and in June of 2000, Billy Graham came to Nashville, Tennessee, for a four-night mission. At a reception for the Graham team just before the meetings began, George Beverly Shea, at 92, rose to sing. His rich baritone voice broke into a song that had been written 73 years before by Fred and Kittie: “Little is Much When God Is In It.”

Some of those in attendance thought it was a strange choice of hymn. Nashville was on the verge of the greatest evangelistic effort in its history, headlined by the most famous evangelist in the world… and Bev Shea’s song was about the littleness of our efforts!

Later, one of the city’s leaders realized the appropriateness of the choice. When comparing the evangelistic mission in Nashville to the untold millions around the world, the efforts seemed small and insignificant. But God uses little things in great ways. A tiny acorn may produce a forest. A spark may ignite a revival. A “small” church might produce the next far-famed evangelist.

Don’t be discouraged if your place of responsibility seems small. There is no small work, if it is yielded to a big God! Your energies in glorifying God and making Him known are never unseen and never go unnoticed in the halls of Heaven. Your impact is greater and wider than you could know….

“In the harvest field now ripened,
There’s a work for all to do;
Hark, the voice of God is calling,
To the harvest calling you.

Does the place your called to labor
Seem so small and little known?
It is great if God is in it
And He’ll not forget His own.

When the conflict here is ended
And our race on earth is run;
He will say if we are faithful,
Welcome home, My child well done.

Little is much when God is in it,
Labor not for wealth or fame;
There’s a crown and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ name.

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