Conventional wisdom questions how much can be accomplished with little. We tend to believe that a lot more can be done if we have large financial resources, talented work force, and innovative ideas. But these things don’t matter to God. Consider some examples:
In Judges 3:31, a relatively unknown man named Shamgar delivered Israel from the Philistines singlehandedly. How? He won a great victory by killing 600 Philistines with nothing more than an ox goad (a stick sharpened on one end to drive slow-moving animals).
In Exodus, when God asked Moses to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, Moses was afraid the people wouldn’t listen to him or follow him. So God said, “What is that in your hand?” (Exod. 4:2). Moses replied, “A rod.” God went on to use that rod in Moses’ hand to convince the people to follow him, to turn the Nile River into blood, to bring great plagues on Egypt, to part the Red Sea, and to perform miracles in the wilderness.
Moses’ rod and Shamgar’s ox goad, when dedicated to God, became mighty tools. These show that God can use what little we have, when surrendered to Him, to do great things. God is not looking for people with great abilities, but for those who are dedicated to following and obeying Him. Hudson Taylor, the founder of China Inland Mission said, “God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.” Paul the apostle rightly says in 1 Cor. 1:27-29, “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” Little is much when God is in it.