Ignoring the Scarecrows


Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 10-12; John 14

Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 10:1-5

 

When a farmer is having trouble with birds eating his crops, he erects a scarecrow or two in his field.  When the birds see the scarecrow, more often than not they are so afraid that it might be a real person they do not bother landing in the field or eating the crops.  The interesting thing is that scarecrows alone have no power.  A scarecrow in a field cannot actually hurt a bird, but the birds do not realize this and are afraid anyway.  If the birds were smart, they would come to understand that a scarecrow is not something to fear, because a scarecrow is really just an advertisement that there must be a good crop of food.

Most of the things that we fear most in life are like scarecrows.  We worry that we might lose our jobs, that we might be diagnosed with a terminal illness, or that something bad might happen to someone we care about.  These “what if’s” cause us to live our lives with fear.  In today’s key passage, God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, is warning the people of Judah about some of the irrational fears they had.  He says, “Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” (Vs. 5)  See, when we see a scarecrow popping up in our lives, we have to make a choice.  We can hide and be afraid based on the chance that the scarecrow might be real, or we can realize that the scarecrow has no power.  Sometimes the scarecrows in our lives are really an advertisement for God’s blessings.  When we are afraid to step out in faith and do something great for God, that scarecrow should tell us that we might be afraid because a “good crop” of God’s blessings is ahead.  Instead of living your life in fear of the “what if’s”, remember the words of Jesus when He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)  This peace that Jesus gives us allows us to walk without fear.  This peace allows us to ignore the scarecrows.

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