Bible Passage: Matthew 6:25-34
Preacher: Ste Greenow
Series: How Are You Feeling?
This Sunday’s message was a follow up to one shared a few weeks ago looking at Fear and Anxiety.
Fear and anxiety are huge emotions that we all experience, but how can we bring these emotions to God, and what happens with them when we do?
The trouble with fear is it focuses our attention on the immediate. And the problem with anxiety is it focuses our attention on the unknown. But when we bring these emotions to God, we are activating faith, and faith fixes our attention on what is certain.
The Bible tells us on numerous occasions, “Do not be afraid”, and “Do not worry”… (see Isaiah 41:10, and Philippians 4:6-7 for examples of this) and it can be pretty frustrating to hear that when we are in the middle of a fearful situation or caught up in our anxious thoughts! But the good news is, that the Bible’s advice never stops there, there’s always a caveat… we don’t need to be afraid because God is with us. We don’t need to worry because God can fill us with his peace. We don’t need to be anxious for the future because God provides.
It’s these truths that we need to fuel ourselves with. That way we become less consumed by our fears and anxieties, and more consumed with God’s peace.
I love how Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples puts it:
Live carefree before God; [why?! Because…] he is most careful with you.
(1 Peter 5:7 – The Message Version)