Fear Not

May 1, 2020

Matthew 6:25–34

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

 Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

This week we have been talking about what it means to trust God. 365 times the Bible records the phrase “fear not” or similar statements like “be not afraid” or “why do you fear.” Why is this message given so often? Because we are fearful little people.

In the passage today there are two “therefores.” On Wednesday nights at Bible study we often ask the question, “What are the therefores there for?” Jesus points to two things with the use of therefore.

The first therefore looks back to his statement that you cannot serve two masters… you can’t serve God and money, choose to rely on God. Matthew 6:24

The second therefore looks back at how God takes care of His creation and the fact that He is involved in everyday life and He is aware of your needs.

The foundational truth here is that God can be trusted. If you trust in your ability to take care of yourself, if you trust in what you have already put in the bank, or if you trust in your education or your skill-set or your good looks and charm… all these things will continue to make you anxious about the future. Only trusting in God brings an end to our anxious thoughts.

You might say, “But I come from a long line of worriers. My mother was a worrier, my father was full of stress and I can’t seem to relax when I think about my future and what will happen to me and my family.”

This is a very common thought process in today’s culture but God’s promise to take care of us is not dependent on culture, it is cross-cultural. God is not intimidated by our complicated society, our busy schedules or even the technology we have come to depend on. He wants us to look past all of it and choose to depend on Him for our needs. He is in control and He knows what He is doing.

Do you believe that? Then trust Him and fear not. The God who is in control of the span of your life can be trusted.

 

 


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