Yesterday I shared my love for definitive words in scripture. Words like always, forever, everlasting. They stand out and speak load and clear!

Another type of words I look for are small words with big impact. They don’t always stand out so easily but when I take time to notice them they always have a big impact on the message to my heart. Words like

  • if
  • and
  • but
  • so

little words

Little words with big impact. Let’s consider Proverbs 2:1-6

My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver

and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Read the passage aloud and emphasize the words in bold.

After the little words there comes a promise!

However the “ifs” indicate action on our part that must take place to benefit from the promise. I’m not a math person but I see some equations.

If + and = results

If I receive God’s word + treasure his commands + apply it to my heart = understanding

How many times do we pick up the Bible and quickly read a passage and desire great understanding to just follow? We want “light bulb” moments without plugging into the power source. We try and skip over the ifs and ands and head straight to the finish line. Like a marathon runner who cuts off course and receives a medal for an incomplete distance; we will never benefit from the race if we don’t complete the entire distance. Every step of the distance is important!

Seeing the significance of the little words? Let’s look further.

Sometimes the words we overlook are not just those little ones of two and three letters. Colossians 3:12 is a treasure-chest verse for me!

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

It tells me we are chosen by God and that we are loved. After studying the verse further I developed an understanding of how we are loved. We are DEARLY loved. Which reminds me of the verse I talked about yesterday…John 3:16. “For God SO loved the world”! WOW, there’s a little word with BIG IMPACT!

God’s love, there is none other like His. His Word is a treasure chest just waiting for treasure seeking women who want to be rich! And the riches of His Word will not rust or fade away. They are everlasting and if you tuck them in your heart they will all have a big impact on you!


for God so loved the world

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