Little is Much in the Eyes of the Lord

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).

Gardeners know the value of compost and are thrilled when they discover small worms in the mixture. A seed can produce food for your family. The first bud on a plant brings a promise of beauty or provision.

Bakers know the value of yeast – so small yet so powerful. Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough” (Luke 13:20-21).

Doctors know the danger of bad germs. Just think of what we went through with the COVID lockdowns.

David used a small stone to defeat Goliath.

Ask any parent whose much wanted baby was delivered premature what tiny means – incredible love in a small package.

Sometimes God makes sure we understand how valuable small increments of time are. We want to rush things, but He has reasons for a delay. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land (Exodus 23:3).

God’s tiny creations understand His principles of putting a little away for the future. Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest (Proverbs 6:6-8).

People often think your value is determined by your wealth. It is God who determines a person’s value. A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of the wicked (Psalm 37:16). As He looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small coins. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on” (Luke 21:1-4). “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).

God’s children are often tempted to think that they should only take the big decisions of life to the Lord in prayer. God cares about every little detail of our lives – otherwise, why would He tell us He counts the hairs on our heads? If we talk to Him about everything, when it comes time for Him to guide us in the big decisions – job, marriage, a move, a career, etc. – we have a background of communication with Him that enables us to hear Him.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

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