Does God care about everything in my life, even the little things?
Sometimes people say that God is too big or too busy with more important things to be concerned with something as inconsequential as the details of our lives. But this sentiment is not biblical. God absolutely cares about the little things that happen in our lives.
To gain some perspective, we must first understand that everything is little compared to God; He created the entire universe. But the question of whether God cares is more fundamentally about the depth of His love than it is about the breadth of His power or the importance of a particular detail. Throughout the Bible, we see evidence that God cares deeply about our lives.
Perhaps the most convincing passage is Luke 12:6–7: "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." God remembers birds that people sell for next to nothing; they are of small consequence to humans yet are remembered by God. Jesus tells us we are worth much more than that. Of course God cares! He cares enough to number the hairs on our heads.
Matthew 6:25–33 is a similar passage. Here Jesus counsels against worry, highlighting how God provides for birds and flowers, things that pass quickly and are considered small to humans. How much more will He care for His people?
Jesus' life also demonstrates God's care for the details. We see Him provide food for those who had been listening to His teachings for days and were hungry (Mark 6:30–44; 8:1–10). He interacted with children, who were thought to be of little importance (Mark 10:13–16). He took time with the people He healed, addressing their spiritual problems on an individual level. One shining example of this is the woman with the issue of blood. While on His way to heal the daughter of a ruler of the synagogue, a man of great importance, a woman reached out to touch Jesus' robe and received healing. Jesus stopped, asked who had touched Him, and affirmed the healing the woman received. He was not too busy or on too important of a mission to validate this woman and extend wholeness to her (Luke 8:40–56). On the night Jesus was arrested to be crucified, He took the time to heal the ear of the high priest's servant, an ear which one of His disciples had cut off (Luke 22:50–51). In the midst of being betrayed and taken to be crucified, something Jesus had just agonized over in prayer, He cared about this detail and extended healing. We see His personal touch in many of the stories of His miracles. We also see it in the way He interacted with His disciples. Jesus absolutely cares about the "little" things.
Many of the Psalms give credence to the fact that God cares about our lives, including the small things. In Psalm 56:8 David wrote, "You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?" In Psalm 139:13–14 he says, "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." This is a God who is intimately connected with the lives of His people.
Paul tells the Thessalonians, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18). Why would we pray without ceasing if God doesn't care? The New Testament is replete with descriptions of God's love for His people and His abundant provision for us (Romans 8; Ephesians 1:3–14; Colossians 3:12; 2 Peter 1:3–4, to name a few). We are chosen, children of God, heirs with Christ. In Ephesians 3:16–21 Paul writes that he is praying for the Ephesians, "that according to the riches of [the Father's] glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
The biblical depiction of God is one of mighty power and also astounding love. When we love someone, we care about the details of their lives. How much more does God, who is love (1 John 4:8), care about the lives of His children?
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