When we think of God, we often think of how vast He is. His grandeur, His unfathomable depths, His majesty... And rightfully so! God is so incomprehensible that we could never fully understand Him or figure Him out - which is just part of the beautiful mystery that He is. But, while God is so big, there’s also an interesting yet beautiful juxtaposition to who God is - it’s that He is also a small God. Or more aptly put, He is God of the small.
Here’s what I mean:
God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.
- Psalm 36:5-6 (MSG)
I love how the Message translates this passage. The idea is that God is so beautifully massive - so meteoric, so astronomic, so titanic, so oceanic. Yet, even in all that, nothing gets lost upon Him. Not only is He mindful of us, but He’s even mindful of the mouse.
So what does this mean for us? What can we make of this?
FOR ME, IT ALWAYS COMES BACK TO JOY.
Let’s see how we can connect one of my favorite verses on joy. 1st Thessalonians 5:16 simply says, “always be joyful.”
What’s significant about joy is that it isn't an emotion. We can always be joyful. We can either be happy or sad, but we can’t always be happy or sad. But joy is something that is chosen - it’s something that is entered into. Joy is like the undertone of life. It’s the pad of music that is always there and that can be felt, even when the other instruments create dissonance from time to time.
SO WHAT DOES JOY HAVE TO DO WITH GOD ALSO BEING GOD OF THE SMALL?
It’s the little things we do in life that add up, that mean the most at the end of the day. It’s the little things, that when we treat them as though they are the big things, we create great changes in our life that make joy happen.
It’s the evening walk we take every day, intentionally seeking communion with God.
It’s the extra 30 minutes early that we wake up to read from the Bible and pray.
It’s turning the phone off when we’re at dinner with friends or family.
It’s maybe taking 15 minutes before bed to just sit still, meditate and reflect in silence on who God is.
GOD REJOICES IN THE SMALL THINGS
These little things add up, and become routine for us. They become implementations into our everyday lives after they were at first intentional moments for us to be present with God.
God rejoices in the small things. He is God of the small. When we understand that it’s the little things in our lives that ultimately mean the most, we can begin to understand and find God in new and meaningful ways, and in new depths and dimensions! In the small, we can begin to better see His vastness.