Fear is Like a Scarecrow in a Melon Patch

What comes to mind when you think of a scarecrow? Autum decorations. Plaid flannel shirt. Old jeans. Maybe a straw hat with a big flower.

A scarecrow is intended to keep predators, mostly birds, from eating the blossoms or young vegetables before they grow to maturity. How effective scarecrows are, I’m not sure, but they’ve been around for a long time.

In the NIV, Jeremiah 10:5 is translated as

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.

While this verse speaks of idols as scarecrows in a melon patch, I like to think of satan and evil as scarecrows. Don’t get me wrong, satan has plenty of power that he likes to wave around, especially as he taunts us as a bird would taunt a scarecrow. To be sure, 1 Peter 5:8 says,

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

He is not standing still, waiting for us to make our move. No, satan is on the prowl, waiting and watching for the moment he can catch one of God’s children off guard.

But take heart, satan’s powers are no match for God, the gardener, who is the one who ultimately protects His garden, His children.

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

When fear threatens to overtake you, think of it as a scarecrow in a melon patch, waving its arms in the wind with no real power over you. If you go near, the scarecrow does not move; it stands still, only pretending to be a threat.

Turn your fear over to God who says,

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

My friend, God is God, He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What He has done in the past, He can do today. He saved the Israelites from Pharoah and brought them back from captivity many years later, He made the dead to rise and the lame to walk and sent His son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Do not live in fear of what man can do, whether you’re facing a bad marriage, overwhelming debt, or illness, God wants to save you from satan’s power.

He can and He will.

Yours for the celebration of life,


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