There are two options before you today. Fear and faith. Which will it be?
Fear is always looking ahead, worrying about what might happen. Faith enjoys the grace that God has given for today.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 (ESV)
Fear tells you that you are on your own. That no one is in your corner. Faith says that you are lovingly held together by the One who holds all things together.
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26 (ESV)
Fear is an atheist. He tells you that there is no God. Faith reminds you that God graciously provides you with what you need and mercifully withholds what you don’t need.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Matthew 6:31-32 (ESV)
Fear convinces you that your wants are all that matters. Therefore, when those wants don’t come through for you, your world falls apart. Faith preaches a sermon about what really matters.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
Fear drains you of all strength and courage. Faith gives strength and courage that are rooted in the presence of God.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
Fear robs you of joy, especially when your circumstances aren’t what you would like them to be. Faith produces a joy that no circumstance, no matter how horrific, can infect.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4 (ESV)
Fear pushes you away from others. Faith motivates you to take every concern to your Father.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
Fear leaves you open to attack and on edge that the next catastrophe will be the one that finally does you in. Faith opens your eyes to the One who stands guard at you heart and mind.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (ESV)
Fear says that the end is near and it’s not going to be pretty. Faith says that the end is near and it will be better than you could possibly imagine.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4 (ESV)