Fears are liars

Jesus didn’t say those exact words, but that is in essence what Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-34. Fears are liars, as I read Don Carson say once. Fears don’t tell the truth. What are the lies that Jesus exposes in Matthew 6?

  1. You are more valuable than birds, yet your Father feeds them (v. 26). We merely have to look at creation and see the animals, specifically those that don’t harvest or store up (and even those that do), and notice that they are provided for, even though they don’t work for it nor express a care about their next meal or other necessities. God’s children have value in his eyes.
  2. Anxiety does not provide (v. 27). We think worry and planning will accomplish something, sometimes so extremely, that we take charge of all of it ourselves, thinking that our work will accomplish the best result. It doesn’t. Why is that so hard to learn? Why can’t we release things to God and trust him for the outcome? He is there to take our yoke from us.
  3. God makes beautiful the transitory lilies, he will do the same for you and me (vv. 28-30). Satan wants to tell us that God doesn’t care, yet God does care. Just look around! He delights to do us good with all his heart and soul, and the flowers of the field are the chief example. God wants to make something beautiful out of you and me.
  4. God knows (v. 32). That’s probably the best promise in this passage. God knows! He knows my name, he knows my life, he knows what I need. As I seek God he will provide. I can trust him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us (Eph. 3:20). God is a powerful God, and he knows what I need.

Fears are liars, so speak truth to the liar, to yourself, to your soul from Matthew 6:25-34.


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