I was recently listening to a podcast and the preacher said the Bible lists at least 365 times a variation of the phrase, “Fear Not” or “Do not be afraid” or “Do not fear;” one for every day of the year. I have heard this before, but I think maybe I was more ready to hear this than ever before.
Sometimes our entire days are filled with fear: of what others think of us, that we aren’t popular or well-liked enough, that we don’t have enough money to make ends meet, that we don’t matter or won’t make a difference in the world. Sometimes we simply fear going to work or school because we may see THAT PERSON…the one who broke up with us, or hurt us, or bullies us, or makes us simply dread each day.
Thankfully, we do not have to be afraid! Ever! The Creator God is the God of hope, of freedom, of love, grace, mercy, forgiveness; “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. ” (2 Timothy 1:7, HCSB).
I am going to go on a journey to look through as many of the places in the Bible where God says a variation of the phrase “do not be afraid,” or in places where the phrase is implied by talking about how we are more than conquerors, or we have victory, or we have freedom (all through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord). My goal is to get to 365 different posts about this over the next year, year and a half. It’s a big commitment, but one that hopefully I will be up for. I hope you’ll come along with me in this journey to be free from fear of any person or structure or program in this world, and instead be filled with a fear and awe of who God is and what He enables us to do as He is in relationship with us and working through us. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7, HCSB). So, lets go on this journey together of discovering how to fight fear of man and how to live in fear of the LORD that we may be full of wisdom.
(The first verse will hopefully be posted later today!)