By little and little I will drive them out from before you, until you be increased, and inherit the land.
I. GREAT THINGS ARE MADE UP OF LITTLE THINGS. Highest mountain of grains of dust. Atlantic of drops of water. Year of 31,536,000 seconds. Deepest snow-fall came down one flake at a time.
II. GREAT THINGS DEPEND ON LITTLE ONES. Falling of apple from tree insignificant enough; yet led to discovery of law of gravitation.
III. GREAT THINGS SPRING FROM LITTLE ONES. Oak once an acorn. Greatest hero once an infant. Explosion in coal-pit which destroyed life and property was caused by spark from match. Tract sent by child to India fell into hands of a chief, who was brought to Christ through reading it; missionary was sent out and hundreds converted.
IV. GREAT WORKS ARE ACCOMPLISHED BY LITTLE AND LITTLE. Pyramids raised one stone at a time. Greatest paintings done stroke by stroke. Michael Angelo, when pointing out what progress he had made in a piece of sculpture on which he was engaged, was met with the remark, "But these are trifles." He replied, "Trifles make perfection; but perfection is no trifle."
V. CHARACTER IS FORMED BY LITTLE AND LITTLE. Good characters are built up of little acts of kindness, industry, generosity, obedience, and integrity. One mean or dishonest act may destroy a reputation which it has taken years to acquire.
(W. H. Booth.)
Parallel VersesKJV: By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.