“Why don’t you pray about it?” I asked her. “It is such a small matter,” she replied, “there are much more important things happening in the world that have God’s attention. I am sure that God wouldn’t want me to bother Him with this.”
Sounds like a good answer, but she is totally wrong.
“‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?” Matt 6:28-30
Jesus calls it “little faith!” We demonstrate little faith when we think God cannot handle the “small matters.” Like clothing the wild flowers, that is a small matter. Instead we take these “small things” into our own hands and after a while, end up troubled and worrying about these. That is when we discover that the “small matters” are too much for us to handle.
In Matt 16:8 Jesus is teaching the disciples about the yeast of the Pharisees and Sudacees and accuses the disciples of having “little faith.” The disciples had misunderstood Jesus and focused their thinking on the physical bread they had left behind on the shore and failed to take into cognizance that Jesus was with them. Jesus reminded them that they had already seen that he could feed 5000 with 5 loaves and 7000 with 7 loaves. In this situation, with just 12 disciples to feed, he didn’t even need any loaves.
But here they were focused on the temporary issues of bread for the next meal. Their lack of faith had them worrying and arguing so that their minds were blocked to spiritual food being offered by Jesus. We worry about: personal financial management; navigating work situations; maintaining human relationships; managing the household; all common things we worry about which we consider small matters because of our “little faith”.
Jesus stands next to us, ready to provide what is needed, but we miss the growth in faith available to us by focusing on worldly issues, our “small matters”.
We don’t make the simple things of the world a matter of prayer when this is exactly what Jesus would have us do, so that we may live a worry free and tension free life. Psalm 55:22
Jesus wants us to “bother” Him with our “small matters” because He cares for us. We demonstrate little faith when we think that He cannot cope with the “big matters” AS WELL AS our “small matters.” We demonstrate “little faith” when we take matters into our own hands. He longs to take care of everything in our lives, because He cares for us.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt 6:31-34)
Here Jesus again reminds us, to seek Him first, to make Him our first priority and He will take care of our needs, no matter how small they may seem.
Father, thank you that You are sovereign and in control of everything and that Your word promises me that I, the righteous will not beg for bread. Instead you promise to provide for me if I look to You and make Your Kingdom my first priority. Thank you that I do not have to be anxious about the days ahead, but even in the little things, You are taking care of me because You care about me. Help me to build this confidence into my heart, so that my faith in Your care, will grow. I declare that I will no longer demonstrate “little faith” when I don’t bring you the little things I am worried about in my life to You. Instead I will pray about small things, as well as big things, being confident that You are interested in every aspect of my life.