As we continue looking into how we can conquer fear and anxiety in our lives, we look at today’s Bible Journaling Scripture, Matthew 6:25-26, “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?” (CSB) We are surrounded today by fear from every side. Fear of getting a virus we can’t see, fear of death, fear of financial ruin, fear of not being able to put food on the table, fear that we may not have enough clothes, or that we may lose our house to foreclosure. So many things that can cause us to be filled with anxiety and fear.
Jesus tells us not to be anxious in our verse today. The opposite of anxiety and fear is peace…that knowing in your heart that God has everything in His control, and nothing can happen to us that He doesn’t already have a handle on. Fear is a subject that the Bible talks about quite a bit. In fact, there are 365 verses in the Bible telling us not to be afraid. That’s one verse for every day of the year!
In our world today, the Spirit of Fear seems to be overshadowing everything. Satan is using this time to bring anxiety and fear to the world, and some people are so wrapped up in fear that it almost paralyzes them. Jesus says we are not to be worried, anxious, or fearful about our life. The basics are taken care of, just as He takes care of the birds. If we can trust Him for our basic needs, food, clothing, housing, etc., then we can trust Him for bigger things like our health, the direction we are to take in life decisions, and so much more.
David wrote in Psalm 56:3-4, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise His word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (KJV) David put his complete trust in God. He even admitted that there were times he was afraid, but he knew where to go when he was fearful-he went immediately to God. He knew that God would never let him down. Isaiah 41:10 is God’s promise to be with us when we are fearful, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (ESV)
For those of us who have asked Jesus to be our Lord, Savior, and Master, we can take that verse as a personal promise that He will be with us always because He is living inside of us. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, His Holy Spirit is living inside of us and never leaves us or forsakes us. (Hebrews 13:5) We can trust Him as He gives us His peace through circumstances that could rock the very foundations of our lives.
We can have peace, knowing that Jesus has us in the palm of His hand and He is not going to leave us when we need Him the most. We need to remember that fear and anxiety do not come from God, they are tools of the enemy of our souls. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (ESV)
As we place our trust in God, He gives us His peace, and fear and anxiety are calmed. Why does He do this? Because He loves us. The Bible says He loves us more than the birds, which He takes care of. We are more valuable to Him, and He wants us to place our faith and trust in Him for everything.
Do you experience fear over something? Then, look to Jesus. Go to Him and tell Him what causes you fear and anxiety, He will help you. He encourages us to “come boldly” before Him whenever we need His help. (Hebrews 4:16)