“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18).
Lately my son has been very careful to let me know any and every time he does something that he knows he shouldn’t. There have been a few times lately that I have picked him up from school and the first words out of his mouth are something like, “During math class, I blurted out an answer and my teacher asked me to raise my hand.” I am so incredibly thankful for his sensitivity at this point, but a big part me feels like saying, “Relax, buddy.” I really do care for those small little mistakes, and I am very thankful that he cares as well.
When we read Matthew 5:17-18 and I hear Jesus promise that not an iota or a dot will pass from the law, what we are told is that God cares deeply and intensely for the small details of our lives. An iota is the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet and the dot is likely a small stoke of the pen used to differentiate Hebrew letters. The obvious point is that they are tiny characters in the language that people typically don’t think about.
Our lives are filled with tiny details that we presume God doesn’t care about. Oftentimes we think that God is too busy to care about small things. Sometimes I hear people in our church say to me, “I don’t want to bother you with this because I know you are so busy.” I care about each of the people in this church whether their concerns are little or big. I do deal with busyness, but still want to be involved in the little concerns people might have. But think about those small things with God. When we think that God is too busy to deal with my small things, we are saying something that is really ignorant. God is not too busy. Did you see that little dot after the word “busy?” That was a period… God is not too busy, PERIOD! He cares about your lives.
I would go so far as to say that the little things are what show us how much God truly loves and cares for us. Jesus reminds us of this in Luke 12:7 when he says, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Do you think God cares about what you eat? Of course he does. He wants you to be a good steward of the bodies we have been given. Do you think God cares about those hidden feelings of anger and hatred we feel about someone? Of course he does. Do you think God cares about that small piece of litter you saw on the street that you walked right past? Do you think that God cares that you intentionally left seven lights on upstairs in your home? He cares for those little things. Do you think God cares that your feelings were hurt by your friend because of something insignificant? You better believe it. God cares deeply for you, for your heart, and for your soul. Run to him in ALL things!