ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Warning that he intended to read almost the entire chapter 13 in 1 Kings, Hayden Smith opened with a phrase that an employer used to say to him over and over, “Take care of the little things, and they will take care of the big things.” Smith felt God telling him to apply that same thinking to His Kingdom. Smith is pastor of First Baptist Church, Carrizozo.
In 1 Kings 13, a man of God came from Judah to Bethel. He found King Jeroboam at a pagan altar. When the man of God declared the sign God had given him about the altar - that it would split apart and its ashes poured out - King Jeroboam was furious with the man of God. The king reached out his hand and ordered the seizure of the man of God. The hand he stretched out toward the man of God shriveled up, and he could not pull it back. Just as God said it would, the altar split apart, and its ashes poured out.
Frightened, the king petitioned the man of God to speak to the Lord and pray for the restoration of his hand. So, the man of God prayed to the Lord, and God restored the king’s hand.
With his hand restored as before, the king invited the man of God to his home to eat and drink. But he refused, saying that the Lord had told him not to stay and eat or drink, nor to return home the same way he had gone. The man of God set out for home. An old prophet in Bethel followed him, finding him sitting under an oak tree. The prophet invited him to come home and eat with him. Again, the man of God refused, saying he was commanded by God to return home immediately. The prophet lured him by saying that he, too, was a prophet, and an angel told him to get the man of God and bring him back with him. Believing him, he went home with him to eat and drink in the place God told him not to go.
While eating and drinking, the old prophet reminded him of what the Lord God had spoken to him about returning home and that he had disobeyed the Lord. The man of God started for home, and a lion killed him. His body was lying on the road with the lion and his donkey standing beside it. When word got back to the prophet, he said he died because he disobeyed the word of God.
Smith said, “Temptations come in many forms.” The man of God did what God told him to do and then disobeyed his command to return home. “Disobedience has consequences,” Smith said. He emphasized that the man prepared to do battle for the Lord at first but then became persuaded to be disobedient in a “little thing.”
What has God told you to do that you should do? Whatever it is, be faithful and obedient to God’s Word. Be full of love, and never go against what God told you to do. Just do what He asks. When you have a spiritual victory, be on guard for the little things that will tempt you. Heed the little things of life.
Luke 16:10 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”