When a problem is too big, we really don’t know how to handle it. Most of the time we do the thing that most folks do, we try and swallow it all at once. There’s conventional wisdom in clichés like “take small bites.” It’s true. The tree in the picture below doesn’t even resemble the same TALL pine that had died in our front yard. Once the tree was topped and then slowly leveled, the ground crew was able to take it a couple feet at a time. It doesn’t even look like a tree, much less a towering Pine.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, striking down the Philistine and killing him; there was no sword in David’s hand. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine; he grasped his sword, drew it out of its sheath, and killed him; then he cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. —1 Samuel 17
Israel didn’t overcome all their adversaries in one glorious war. All it took for God’s promises to be unleashed was for David to “top the tree,” defeating Goliath, which sent the Philistines running. The rest of the world would know of Israel, their warrior, and the God who was with them. This means that as they move throughout the land that there would be more “logs to chop up,” more work to do.
Doing God’s work means being busy about the business of God’s kingdom. That kingdom advances everyday, little by little, through those who are filled with his love and faithful to his will. Chop up the problems, take them on little by little, and know that God is there every step of the way.