God Cares About the “Little Things,” Part 2
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
I Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Imagine yourself speaking with a very young girl you care for that is distressed over something that is clearly not important in the long run, and seems almost inconsequential. If you love her, you meet the child where she is, and you are genuinely concerned over what distresses her because you love her. Because of your heart toward her, what hurts her touches you.
God is like that. He cares about what we call the little things because He cares for us. Even if something that concerns us turns out to be of little importance, God cares when we are concerned about something. Like a good parent, He may try to get us to move away from distress by either comforting us or moving our attention away from the problem, but these are actions that show His concern about the things that touch us, not His lack of it.
The scriptures above both prove God’s care and give us direction about what to do. He tells us to be anxious for nothing, and to cast all our care upon Him. It’s clear that He means that nothing is to remain with us that would produce anxiety, and that His will is that we bring everything before Him—all our cares, all our concerns, all things that could make us anxious. That includes big things and little things. If He tells us what to do with the little things, then He’s clearly concerned about them.
Another proof that God cares about the little things is the direction He gives us by His Spirit. Yes, living by the Spirit means that we become increasingly aware of the larger divine priorities. As we mature spiritually, like Paul, we “put away childish things” (I Corinthians 13:11).
Yet living in the Spirit also means that we are attuned to how He would have us phrase what we say to others, are faithful in all the little things, and deal with the smallest of details. Letting God direct us every day means that we become more and more sensitive to His whispers, to the “still small voice” that directs us in such “little things” as to what route to take to a destination, the timing of what we decide to do, and to make that stop at the grocery store. In God’s economy, if He is directing us to do something, how could we call it a small thing? Small-seeming divine appointments have changed lives and nations.
It’s important to listen to God and obey Him in what we call the big things. The danger of limiting our thinking to that, however, is that we can make two errors: 1) thinking that we have His mind on what’s big and what isn’t, and 2) allowing Him the big things, but using our own wisdom and strength for the rest (thinking that God doesn’t really care about the little things). We don’t want to live by the Spirit in some categories and by the flesh in others.
If we really want to be like Jesus, we will listen to the voice of the Spirit and allow God to direct us in the little and big things. After all, He cares about all of them.
Prayer: Father, thank You that You lead us in what we experience as the big things and the little things. Forgive me when I’ve kept You out of parts of my life. Help me to make You Lord over them all.