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(August 2, 2005)
A Mickle Makes a Muckle
By Kelly Tinning
When my dad was alive he used to tell me, "a mickle makes a muckle," when the hope for instant results motivated me. His example excelled as he quietly but surely overcame many hard situations.
It seems that warning of greedy gain is one that Micah also warned against:
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?... ...Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?" (Micah 6:8)
I also found a similar reminder in many of Solomon's thoughts in the Proverbs:
"Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen." (25:6-7)
"It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory. Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." (25:27)
"Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips." (27:2)
"He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him." (28:22)
"The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it." (29:7)
"A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit." (29:23)
And also in Paul's words in Romans 2:7 he validates "...patient continuance in well doing...."
Notice the common thread found in all those. In fact, these are a tiny fraction of the scriptures which, in some form or other, demonstrate that our Creator is pleased by those who take the moment at hand and carefully build it into something foundationally godly: Just measurement, mercifully preferring someone ahead of yourself, being upright but humble, consideration of the disadvantaged, patiently bearing sacrifices. Then as opportunities cease, gathering resources in preparation for future occasions.
The times I have failed at these acts seem to be times when I got my eyes off the greatness of our God, and began to fear that my efforts would only be sufficient if I took a shortcut. And no doubt this is an easy thing to do with all the clamour around us. This brings to light the importance of fellowship with believers, the worship of our God, and the dedicated reading and meditation upon His Word. We must be continually mindful of our place and purpose in such a great Kingdom. Demand it from yourself habitually, in order to ensure your undistracted and reasonable service to Him.
© 2000 Kelly Tinning
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