August 28

God Cares About the “Little Things,” Part 1

Luke 6:26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

Psalm 139:17-18a How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand….

How big does something have to be for God to care about it? Or do something about it? Can we even make that kind of judgment call?

A dear friend of the author, a deeply spiritual woman, once confessed that though she was raised in a godly Christian home, she was not taught correctly on one key point. Her mother had cautioned her that God was busy with big things, and she was told to not bother Him with the little ones. Of course there is a real teaching about the values of priorities somewhere in there, but what a misrepresentation of the heart of God!

Jesus tells us clearly that His heavenly Father takes care of the birds of the air, and therefore must be fully aware of what they are all doing. He is involved to the extent that a little bird can’t fall to the ground unless He specifically wills it. In His time on earth, Jesus “suffered the little children to come to Him,” and spoke to people considered on the outskirts of society and importance (e.g., the Samaritan woman at the well).

We put our own human perspectives on God when we say that He isn’t concerned with the “smaller things,“ and it ironically ends up making God smaller to us. For one, who gets to judge what is smaller and what is greater? In the economy of God, a very small thing can have a great effect [a “certain” man drawing his bow at random can bring a king down (I Kings 22:34)], and a relatively unimportant act such as paying the temple tax was the occasion for a miracle (Matthew 17:24-27)].

God is so broad, so big, so expansive, that He can see yesterday, today and tomorrow clearly and at the same time. He is so powerful and loving that He doesn’t have the same divisions we have between small and great things. (How great is the sum of His thoughts toward us, which means He’s not limited to our thought categories!) He sees every “little” and “big” thing with equal clarity.

Yes, like a good parent, He is raising us well, moving us from a self-centered focus filled with fears and selfish priorities to sons and daughters who are free, trusting in His loving provision and becoming God- and other-centered in the process. As with Paul, we are meant to put away childish things as we mature. But the One growing us up is as loving and attentive as the best parents with their youngest children. Like any good parent, He cares about the things that we care about. He may always be working on maturing our priorities, but His love and concern are so great that they break out and flow over every boundary we try to put on them.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for every time I’ve limited Your love and concern in my thoughts and prayers. Show me continually how You are not like humans, and that Your love is not only higher, but deeper than I’ve every imagined.

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