Does God Care about Small Things?
Often we subconsciously wonder “Does God care about the small things I am doing?” or “Does God care about me?”
Matthew 10:42 promises “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (ESV) Matthew 6 talks about how such a seemingly small thing as praying and fasting in secret is seen and rewarded. We are also reminded that God provides our daily bread even as He has made provision for smaller creatures, feeding the birds, and clothing the grass.
There’s more on hidden things and sparrows in Matt 10:26-27, 30-31. See also the parallel passage in Luke 12:6-7, 25-26 (ESV): “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows…. And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” (Emphasis Mine.) This verse begs a new question:
Who defines small things?
God’s measuring stick is totally different than ours. In Luke 21:2-4, Jesus instructs the desciples that the Widow’s two mites are “more than they all.” (KJV, unless otherwise noted.) God’s clock is different than ours, too: “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” 2 Peter 3:8. Likewise, Luke 15 speaks about the value of one out of 100 sheep, 1 out of ten coins, and 1 out of 2 brothers.
Humanly, Small Things Become Great Things With God:
Knowing that God cares about small things is encouraging to me since Clyde is a small gathering of Christian, and I feel like a small person spiritually.
I want to do big things for God, like participating in Seed Sowers but…I struggle to read my bible consistently every day. (I guess I’m being a Martha instead of a Mary?) Based on this study, I can see that my priorities are often backward. Yet I am encouraged to be reminded that “Light things” to God are big things to us…
“And David the king came and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O Lord God…. O Lord, for thy servant’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.” 1 Chronicles 17:16-19
Getting Over Discouragement
In Isaiah 49:1-7, despite knowing God has called him from the womb (v1,5), Isaiah is discouraged. He thinks he’s labored in vain (v4). God declares “It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” (v6.)
Then God goes a step further and does something even bigger!…In 2 Kings 3:9, the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom were travelling to attack the Moabites, but there was no water for them or their cattle. They called for a prophet, who proclaimed “For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.” (2 Kings 3:17-18).
I’m not very good at Bible study. Sometimes I read my Bible, but I don’t ask any questions. Kevin (one of our elders) gave a homework question that was a great starting point for me. I have heard the expression “God is in the details” but I’ve also heard that “the devil is in the details”, and I wanted to know if either of those were biblical. Digging for answers for myself–and finding them–was like getting water in the midst of a (spiritual) battle.
This is encouraging to me in part because it showed me I could do it. (And in fact I should do it more regularly.)
Is God Detail- Oriented?
Lots of young people have big life-altering decisions to make regarding college, career, and relationships, and if they’re like me, deep down they’re scared. (What if I make the wrong choice? What if I’m wasting my time/money in college? What if this isn’t God’s will for me?)
In other words, is God really interested in the details of my life? We will look at that next time…