“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.”
Luke 12:6-7, ESV
God values the small things.
I recently had a bad week at work. I was pretty mopey for a couple of days – down on myself and feeling awkward around my coworkers. I found myself asking God why. No, my week wasn’t earth-shattering. Nobody in my life passed away. I didn’t suffer any major loss or big changes. It was just a series of annoying little situations all crammed into a really short period of time. But the moment I asked God, “Why me?” I thought, “Really? Does God even care about all of these little things? There are people who are really struggling out there, suffering legitimate tragedies. Surely he must be focused on them. I hope he is!” Right then, I was reminded of one of my favorite verses from when I was younger. “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7, ESV). God cares about your bad week. But much more importantly—he cares about you and the way this bad week will shape you. Forget the annoyance; he knows how many hairs are on your head because your living, moving, and breathing mean that much to him. Every tiny detail of your life matters to God.
He is absolutely concerned with and focusing on the bigger problems in the world, but what’s beautiful about God in all his greatness is that he can focus on those big huge things as well as the tiny minuscule details of each life. I can understand why this concept is hard to grasp, most of us can’t listen to someone talk and scroll through Instagram at the same time – but God can and does pay specific attention to each of us in this way.
Each of us is significant. God holds each of us as precious.
God feels your frustration with you when little things go wrong like when you spill coffee on your last clean shirt or miss a deadline at work. God rejoices in your little victories like when your boss acknowledges a job well done or when you get the kids to bed early with no opposition (you can tell I’m not a parent yet because that literally never happens). God uses these moments whether big or small, good or bad, to shape us. He’s not as concerned with what the coffee stain does to your shirt as he is with what your reaction to it reveals about your heart. He watches, hoping you will see his fingerprints on those victories. God wants to be involved and he cares about the details.
So next time something out of the ordinary routine happens, remember that God is moving in it. Be malleable in his hands as he shapes you into the person he wants you to be.
Some people may ask, “If God values me, why does he let anything bad happen to me?”
But does absolute control over someone’s life equate to valuing that person? God cares enough to let you do our own thing. He loves you enough not to force you to love him back. It is the ultimate in selfless and unconditional love. He doesn’t love you so he will benefit. God loves you simply because he created you and he values you because you are his: unique and unlike any other of his creations. Even though there are big things happening in the world, God knows you more intimately than any one else ever could. He cares about the small things.
Devotional written by Daniel & Heather Christy. Graphic designed by Daniel Christy.