CHRISTMAS FAIR photograph by Mikolaj Kamienski


What matters to you, matters to God.

You probably think that's true when it comes to the big stuff. When it comes to the major-league difficulties like death, disease, sin and disaster---you know God cares.

But what about the smaller things? What about grouchy bosses or flat tires or lost dogs? What about broken dishes, late flights, toothaches, or a crashed hard disk? Do these matter to God?

He's got a universe to run. He's got the planets to keep balanced and presidents and kings to watch over. He's got wars to worry with and famines to fix.

"Who am I to tell him about my ingrown toenail?"

I'm glad you asked. Let me tell who you are. In fact, let me proclaim who you are.

You are an heir of God.

You are eternal.

You have a crown.

You are a holy priest.

You were chosen before the creation.

But more than any of the above--more significant than any title or position--is the simple fact that you are God's child. "The Father has loved you so much that we are called children of God. And we really are his children" (1 John 3:1).

I love that last phrased! "We really are his children." It's as if John knew some of us would shake our heads and say, "Naw, not me. Mother Teresa, maybe. Billy Graham, all right. But not me." If those are you feelings, John added that phrase for you .

"We really are his children.""

As a result, if something is important to you, it's important to God.

So go ahead. Tell God what hurts. Talk to him. He won't turn you away. He won't think, it's silly. "For our high priest is able to understand our weaknesses. When he lived on earth, he was tempted in every way that we are, but he did not sin. Let us, then feel very sure that we can come before God's throne where there is grace" (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Does God care about the little things in our lives? You better believe it.

If it matters to you, it matters to him.


READ Matthew 6:25-32

* Describe one seemly insignificant thing that can wreck your entire day?

* Name two things that you really, really believe might be too small for God to be concerned with?

* Which of life's basic needs do you think people worry about the most?

* Why is it sometimes difficult to believe that God cares about the small details of our lives?

* If God knows our needs why do we worry about them?

* Explain what it means to you to know that you were chosen by God before creation.

* How does believing that you matter to God impact your attitude about your basic needs?

* What amazes you the most about God's concern for your life?

* If you were a child sitting on God lap, what hurts would you tell him about?

The Devotional Bible - Experiencing the Heart of Jesus - Max Lucado General Editor, Thomas Nelson Publishers, New Century Version.

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