Wednesday, April 22

Don’t be afraid

Scripture: 1 Samuel 27, 1 Chronicles 9, Psalm 141, Matthew 10

Matthew 10:28–31 Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Observation

In Matthew 10, Jesus sends His disciples out on mission and gives them instructions.  He warns them that they will face opposition: refusal to listen, slander, betrayal, threats, arrest, persecution, physical violence, even death.  While all of that did not happen on this mission excursion, all of it happened on others later. 

In the middle of all that bad news, Jesus drops these pearls of good news.  

Don’t be afraid of those who want to harm you or oppose you.  The only person to fear is God.  And He values you and is watching over you.  He cares for you down to the tiniest detail—He knows the numbers of hairs on your head!  Not a single sparrow falls to the ground with your Father knowing—and you are so much more valuable to Him!  Nothing happens that escapes His notice.

So don’t be afraid.

Application

While this was spoken to disciples on mission facing danger, we can certainly take it to heart right now.  You may or may not be facing opposition because of your faith, but many are experiencing difficult times during this season of isolation.  I received a call today from someone who was just laid off.  I’ve heard from others who are lonely or stir-crazy.  I know several people who have lost family members, not to Covid-19, but to other illnesses—and they can’t hold a funeral or even gather extended family together.

Whatever your situation, please remember that you have a Father who loves you, who knows you inside and out, and is watching over you.  Lean into Him.  And don’t be afraid.

Prayer: Lord, help us to never lose sight of Your care for us, and to trust You completely and not be afraid!