Small things train us for greater things and reveal how we will respond in both the big and small. When spiritual opposition comes our way, its activity is meant to provoke spiritual disobedience; and with every instance of spiritual opposition there is a level of predictability of how we will respond.
The predictable measure is God’s Word. The degree to which God’s Word is known concerning the source of the challenge and our role in causing it in the first place, and the degree to which that Word is truly settled in the heart of the believer and is therefore “final authority” in the situation, is the degree to which we are realistically able to obey as the Lord leads us through. Ultimately, such knowledge is a predictor of whether we can obey the Lord, or not.
Biblical obedience is not partial obedience. To obey in part only, effectively means we take control of the rest. Disobedience is seldom an outright thing; more subtly, in the part where desire holds onto human lordship in any area, we struggle for its control and predictably disobey the Word. In areas of life where we fear the worst, a divided heart will struggle to remain enthroned.
Knowledge of God’s Word can change that. We are limited by anything we are not convinced God will handle, particularly in critical or life-threatening situations but also in small things. Knowing His Word convinces the human heart of His power to deliver and convicts the heart that doing it any other way is sin.
Small things reveal our heart. To know the Word in small things and to maintain obedience in those matters is to grow up—mature. Practice in small things matures us for obedience in larger things. Someone has said that peace, shalom, will be the greatest sign upon the life of the Believer in the end-times—peace, despite the greatest pressure and multiplied spiritual opposition. Facing opposition, God’s Word sown in the heart today produces the fruit of mature faith—steady, not moved!