4.5.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 63. Fear.

“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!” – Matthew 6:30

Faith. It all comes down to faith once again.

Jesus is teaching even the poorest among His listeners that worrying about money and serving God do not go together. For one thing, worry is ineffective. It doesn’t fix anything (Matthew 6:27). More than that, though, is that God’s children can trust their Father in heaven to provide what they need. He asked in the previous verses why they worry about what they will wear (Matthew 6:28–29); it’s likely some in His original audience literally did not know where the money would come from to replace their tattered garments. He asked them to think about lilies, clothed in splendor despite doing nothing equivalent to human work.

Now He brings the point of that illustration home. God cares much more deeply about His children than He does about birds (Matthew 6:26) or about flowers. The wild lilies are considered only “grass” here. They spring up, bloom in splendor, and quickly die before being raked up and burned. If God provides “clothing” for them, Jesus says, don’t you think He will clothe you? Christ has already pointed out that God’s blessing does not always mean worldly comfort (Matthew 5:3–12), so His provision can sometimes involve lacking things we think of as “needs.”

Jesus ends by addressing those who worry as “you of little faith.” That might sound harsh to us; it’s important to remember that Jesus is speaking to people He loves, seeking to free them of the burden of fear. Their trust in God should provide peace of mind. That’s a strong contrast to those who rely on material wealth to provide what they need.

Jesus is speaking to those he loves. All of us. Trying to release us from the burden of fear. I love that sentence. It’s so pinpoint accurate to the character of Jesus right? He is really driving this point home over and over again so that we can be freed from the fear that surrounds us each and every day. The worry, the stress, the anxiety, the fear and uncertainty. I know that I hit on those points often but I see this every day in our community. In emails and messages from people who struggle with this every day.

Today. My prayer for each and every one of us is that our fear would not take hold of our lives. That our fear would be destroyed by our faith.

Will you join me in this prayer for our community?

19 Comments

  1. Margaret K on April 5, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Amen.
    God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind – the mind of Christ.

    • Diane J on April 5, 2021 at 11:40 am

      Alot of the devotions lately talk about anxiety, and fear it is as if God who knows All was speaking to me

      • Suzanne on April 5, 2021 at 11:46 am

        He probably is, so receive it 🙂

    • Sherri H on April 5, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      amen one of my fav verses

  2. Bruce B on April 5, 2021 at 6:27 am

    I never saw this before, but Jesus saiid “you of little faith”, not “you of NO faith”! He acknowledged that their faith was still there, they just weren’t utilizing it to their full capacity!

    When we feel as if our faith is “little”, we need to dig in deeper and cause that already existing faith to flourish and grow!

  3. Margaret K on April 5, 2021 at 7:36 am

    That’s good Bruce.
    The Bible says in Romans 12:3, “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” NKJV
    So we all have faith; but like a muscle, if it is not used, it gets weak. If we exercise our faith it will grow stronger.

    • Patti S on April 5, 2021 at 9:22 am

      Mornin Margaret,
      I agree with you. Faith is a muscle, if exercised that faith will grow stronger.

      As I look back on obstacles in my life, I can see how my faith was strengthened. Where my faith was strengthened. In the midst of it all, I probably would not have said those things. But looking back, I can say those things.
      The only way to strengthen one’s faith is to go thru the obstacles.

      My prayer today is two-fold:
      I pray, that He will continue to use me as a tool to help guide others to Him.
      And I pray for God’s grace and promise that as I face trials in my future, I will take what I have learned and remember He is faithful.

      One of my professors said to us once: ‘We are all on this path together, I am just a few steps ahead.’

      It is what I think of with this Community. We are all in different places on our faith journey. But I believe we have been called to this time and place to strengthen each other with the gifts God has given each one of us.

    • Suzanne R on April 6, 2021 at 9:16 am

      Cool analogy.

  4. Sonia A on April 5, 2021 at 7:56 am

    I read some devotions to my Mom on Thursday that loves in South Africa. She is 86 years of age.
    My Mom worries about this on money so much, since my Dad passed away in 2014 she had to move to an amazing gated community and had to learn to deal with money.
    She also very old schooled and grew up catholic that she thinks you only can go to a priest for confession.
    Please pray for my Mom Gina in South Africa and for my sister Maria with her two married children, Bronwen and Warren .
    Yesterday on Easter Sunday she had seizures and they predicted from an overdose from medication.
    They now have her in ICU and going to do a MIR to see if a stroke caused the seizures.

    • Margaret K on April 5, 2021 at 8:00 am

      🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
      Praying for your mom.
      Please post this on the prayer wall also, so that others will see it and pray as well.

      • Margaret K on April 5, 2021 at 11:13 am

        Sonia – praying for your sister as well.

    • Peggy F on April 5, 2021 at 8:31 am

      Praying Sonia, for your Mom and sister, and her married children. Oh how He loves us !! Praying all their needs will be met, in Jesus Name !

    • Patti S on April 5, 2021 at 9:07 am

      Sonia,
      You and your family will be in my prayers.
      Because of Him,
      Patti

  5. Peggy F on April 5, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Amen ! I pray for each person in this community today. I pray the peace of Christ, the peace that passes understanding will surround each heart today, and I pray for the grace we all need to trust God completely for every need. Jesus was telling the people and His followers 2000 years ago and He tells us today, ” trust Your Father to take care of you”, each and every day, as He did . As man, He trusted His father for everything and prayed , always!

  6. Suzanne on April 5, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God
    We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony

    Out of our mouths the heart speaks

    Faith and fear are opposites but both work the same
    Speak faith build faith
    Speak fear breed fear

    • Suzanne R on April 6, 2021 at 9:18 am

      amen !!

  7. Carol B on April 5, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Sonia prayers up for your Mom and you as you too.

  8. Carol B on April 5, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    This devotion is esier as we get older I think. As we can reflect back on so many things where GOd has just been there in our lives. I look recently with my husband having had broken his ankle and not being able to do things. The week before this happened the dealership called and asked if I wanted to trade my jeep for a van. (thinking for my Mom and dog runs) It was almost an even trade but they gave us money back. Little did we know we would need this for my husband the next week and God had us ready for that need. Then a friend brought over a mini scooter they had. Cute thing. Never knew they made those.. Yet God provided through a friend again. Time and time again I see this. God just leaves me in awe of how he provides all our needs in the time needed. Thank you Lord Jesus. Today lets look at our lives and where we have seen this. Reflect on that and have our faith grow even stronger in God because of what He has done not only on the cross… which I am beyond thankful for but in our every day lives as well.

  9. Sherri H on April 5, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    amen to all comments above and yes thank you Jesus for everything

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