A masterpiece need not be large to be great. Nikolai Syadristy is an artist whose entire life work could fit on your fingertips. As a microminiature sculptor, he creates unique sculptures such as one of three golden camels inside the eye of a needle, complete with a pyramid and palm tree. Another sculpture is of a flea-sized red rose inside a clear, polished, hollowed-out human hair. On the flat edge of a cut human hair, Syadristy has balanced two tiny, working padlocks, complete with keys. He has copied a six-hundred-note musical score on a chrysanthemum leaf the size of a grain of rice. Among his other remarkable works are a chess set balanced on the head of a pin and an electric motor smaller than the belly of an ant. Syadristy’s work is evidence that great things may come in micro-sized packages.

The same is true of God’s words. For Him to speak is to act. The smallest word or phrase holds a power limited only by His will. Think about that for a moment. When God said, “Let there be . . .” in Genesis 1, that was sufficient to create the universe. When Jesus said, “Lazarus, come forth,” His three simple words restored life to this man who had lain in the grave four days. It has been said that if Jesus did not limit His command by addressing Lazarus directly, then every dead person would have had to rise — He had that much power.

When God speaks to you through Scripture, His words have the same power: “I am with you alway” (Matthew 28:20). “Peace I leave with you” (John 14:27). “I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) “Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:39) “Be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36) These are short and simple words, but they are full of power. Let them bring light in the darkness of your financial burdens, comfort in the distress of your difficult family situation, joy amidst the sorrow of your loss, and strength in the weakness of your shortcomings. Meditate upon these words often, small and simple as they may be, for in them is the very essence of your spiritual life.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.