July 30, 2018 – Little Things

The fact that the great God of heaven loves me and is thrilled to use me for God’s work never ceases to amaze me. We see over and over in the Bible that God uses seemingly insignificant people to accomplish great things: Gideon, David, Rahab, Mary. God chose to come to earth as a lowly carpenter’s son in a little town in a stable.

When I was thinking about this in preparation for our study of the book of Micah, I remembered a song that I heard when I was a little boy. I have searched the internet for it to no avail, but I am fairly certain these are the lyrics:

Little things, little things—
We’ve a God that often uses little things.
For the one who made us all
Counts the sparrows when they fall.
I’m so glad that Jesus loves the little things.

This little song does not seem very profound, but when you really think about the message it is quite comforting. God notices and delights the very least of us. Jesus said that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without catching God’s attention.

All of this is made most evident when you consider the life of Jesus. God became a human, that being a step down in itself. But Jesus did not come in splendor and glory. Yes, angels announced the birth, and foreigners brought him treasured gifts; but Jesus was born in lowly place to a lowly family. He grew up as a carpenter, not a king. God came as the lowest of humans to fulfill the greatest work of history.

We can find rest in knowing that we are cared for and cherished by God. All of our heartaches are known. All of our successes are celebrated. All of us can be used to do great things for God. We have no other friend like Jesus.

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases,
No, not one! No, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles;
He will guide till the day is done.
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!

There’s not an hour that Christ is not near us,
No, not one! No, not one!
No night so dark that his love can’t cheer us,
No, not one! No, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles;
He will guide till the day is done.
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!

Lyrics by Johnson Oatman, Jr.

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