Reading today from Matthew 8 – 10
One thing many of us already know is that fear is a very disabling thing to hit our lives. It keeps us from life, and living. It keeps us from God.
Today’s reading deals with fear. In three different verses Jesus addresses fear.
First He speaks of fear to the disciples of the false accusations of many around them,
“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” 10:26
It is quite likely that as followers of Jesus Christ begin to be like Him, that there will be those who will call us some of the same things they called Him. Jesus tells us it will all be revealed; the truth will be known. We can rest in that and be assured our Lord’s words are true and will come to pass. No need to fear.
Secondly, there is no need for fear in the face of death;
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” 10:28
There are some who have written and preached that this is telling us to fear the devil. Well that would go against the very thing which Jesus is saying. The One who deserves fear or great reverence is the One who has created us. Someone has said, “If we fear God; we need fear nothing else.” To fear God comes from a love for Him. Now someone is going to think of John’s words, “Perfect love casteth out fear” and that is true. The fear of God does not debilitate one’s mind and thinking. It sets thinking right.
Finally, we look at verse 31 where Jesus speaks of God’s care for the sparrows which are considered to be the least of the bird species;
“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” 10:31
Having a fear that needs are not going to be met, they are not being met, or that no one even cares are prevalent in the world today. Someone does care. That is God, His Son Jesus, and all who love Jesus. All care and love you. The first and greatest need of any individual is not clothing, food, shelter, or even your health. The greatest need of humanity is a clean heart and life. A life clean from sin and death. That is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross, His carrying our sins away in His burial, and His rising bodily again to life.
Do not fear, nor be afraid. He cares for you. Just as He watches over and cares for the sparrows He cares for you and your need today.
Do not let your fear debilitate you and keep you from that which is right and good. Believe in Jesus and live.
-Tim A. Blankenship