Read: Matthew 9
“Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up and went home! (Matthew 9:6-8)
I’ve always loved that line: “Is it easier…?” If I had been the one in this situation instead of Jesus, I would likely have said, “Is it harder…?” But Jesus was God, and he didn’t sweat the small stuff—and to him, it was all small stuff.
That’s why he could forgive sins just as easily as he could heal a paralytic. That’s why he could raise a little girl from death, heal a woman with a twelve-year issue of blood, open blind eyes, equip a mute man with speech, and drive demons from those in the devil’s bondage. It was all small stuff to Jesus because he was God.
And what about your life? What are you facing—a physical challenge, a financial situation, a problem at work, guilt over a past sin, a broken marriage, an impossible addiction or a defeating habit? What is your paralysis? Whatever it is, no matter how big of a deal it seems to you, it’s all small stuff to Jesus, because he is God.
As you face the things in your life today that have paralyzed you with fear, anxiety, guilt, anger or inaction, take to heart the words of the prophet Jeremiah, “O Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power. Nothing is too difficult for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)
What a great reminder. The God who spoke and suddenly a world was created out of nothing certainly won’t be intimidated by the stuff in your life that you think is difficult. He doesn’t sweat the small stuff—and to him, it’s all small stuff.
So you don’t need to sweat it either!
“When you have no helpers, see your helpers in God. When you have many helpers, see God in all your helpers. When you have nothing but God, see all in God. When you have everything, see God in everything. Under all conditions, stay thy heart only on the Lord.” ~Charles Spurgeon
What If God Took Over?
Write out on a piece of paper that which has you emotionally and spiritually paralyzed. Now fold the paper until it is a small square and write on it, “Small Stuff”. Once you’ve done that, then in the most dramatic (but safe and legal) way you can imagine, get rid of the paper once and for all! From this moment on, in faith trust that Jesus has taken care of it.