Does It Really Matter to Him?…
If we truly believe
that it does,
we will bring
everything to Him
Does God really care about all the small things and practical matters in our lives that occupy us so much?
Years ago I had a job selling office equipment door-to-door, which was pretty tough; this was in the late 1980s, so I don’t know how many people even do that anymore. Of course, it always felt good to make a sale, but there were a lot of disappointments as well.
I remember one day at our meeting hall, probably after one of our gatherings, a dear older brother in the church came up to me; at that time he had a very responsible position with a large corporation. As I recall, he had done some door-to-door sales himself when he was just starting out, possibly of vacuum cleaners.
We talked a little bit about how my job was going, and then he asked me a simple question:
“Does it matter to God if you make a sale or not?”
I didn’t really know what to say, but after a bit he answered the question himself:
“It matters to Him, because it matters to you.”
That was a great help to me. I first turned to the Lord in part because I saw from the Bible, specifically from the story of the widow’s two mites (Mark 12:41-44), that God doesn’t just care about the world as a whole; He cares about each of us personally, including me. (I share my salvation testimony in the video, “My Faith, then His.”) This becomes much more practical, however, when we realize that He cares about even the smallest things in our lives. We might feel they are far too small for Him to take notice of, but He does care, because they matter to us.
The psalmist shows us just how much God is occupied with us:
How precious also are
Your thoughts for me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them,
they would be more in number
than the sand;
When I awake,
I am still with You.
— Psalm 139:17-18
The Apostle Peter tells us that we should cast “all our cares” upon the Lord; not just our great cares, but all our cares, even ones that may seem so small. And then he gives us the reason why we should do this: because “He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7);
I like the way the RcV of this verse reads:
…because it matters to Him concerning you.
Do we really believe this? If we do, we will surely bring even the smallest things in our lives to God, for Him to deal with and care for, while He deals with and cares for us.
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— 10 December 2022 —