Why does God tell us not to fear?

Today’s reading:
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. 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. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (NLT)

Extended reading: Matthew 10

As part of today’s reading, there are two small exercises I would like you to take part in:

  1. Step outside (if you are indoors) (preferably early morning) and watch any bird out there. Watch them for at least 5 – 10 minutes. Watch them as they play around with each other or gather food for their young ones or carry a twig for their nest or simply wait on a tree branch waiting for something/somebody. Write down what you noticed.
  2. Take a shower and make sure you wet your hair. While you are at it, you will notice some of your hair fall. Watch them as they get washed off into the drain. Try and count their numbers.

One of the things I caught myself saying when I watch the birds is, “Man, they have it so easy! Get some food, water and shelter and they seem happy. They don’t seem to be working hard for their daily portions or worrying about upgrading their ride.” God takes care of each of them. He is the One who provides for them. Matthew 10: 29ff reads, “But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.

As I watch my hair falling each day, I am reminded and consoled in the fact that God has an inventory of my hair – the amount of hair on my head and what has fallen off. “..the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” (vs. 30).

I think God mentions these two examples here to point out to us how much He gets into details. Minor details like the hair on our head and the birds that go about their business all around us. If God can care about them, how much more He cares about us? If He keeps an account of all the hair on our head, how much more will He take care of the bigger things in our lives?

The very next statement Jesus makes is – “Do not be afraid”. That is God reassuring us – not to fret, not to worry about how things will go.

Are you willing to trust Him to take care of your lives – no matter the highs and lows? No matter how much hair you have on your head?

What do I pray?

Lord, I trust You. I trust You to lead me. I know you are in control of every moment in my life. I put You in charge. In Jesus’ name.

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