The God of Little Things

The problem described in II Kings 6:1-6 is not what many people would consider a “big deal.” An axe head that one of the prophets had borrowed accidentally fell into the Jordan River. It was a common, ordinary, everyday type problem. It was not a child who had died, or a nation that needed revival, a plague that was destroying the people, or any such thing. It was just a borrowed axe that fell into a river! One might say, “Oh well!” No big deal. But it did matter to the son of the prophet who took the problem to Elisha — and evidently it mattered to God too, for He allowed Elisha to perform a miracle to bring the axe head up for him.

Jesus said we serve a God before whom not a sparrow is forgotten. And He added that the very hairs of our heads are numbered — a “trivial thing” one might assert — but known to God. (Luke 12:6-7) He knows and cares about every “little” thing.

I remember a conversation one time in which one seminary student asserted that God couldn’t possibly care about a little thing like a child’s bicycle. The other student said: “Can you tell me what would be a big thing to God?”

This passage reminds us that God knows and cares about the “little things” in our lives — the prophet’s borrowed axe head — and that “little” thing that is concerning you today too! Do not hesitate to bring even your “little” requests to Him.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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