If you have done a study of these two words in Scripture, you will have found that they are mentioned a multitude of times. Indeed, according to Blue Letter Bible, these words appear 327 times in 138 verses.
In Luke chapter 2, the angelic choir, announcing the birth of Baby Jesus, told the shepherds to “fear not”.
Jesus speaking to the disciples said that they were of more value than a sparrow and that they should “fear not”. Matthew 10:31.
These words are also found in the Old Testament.
Isaiah 41 reads as follows:
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:8-10
What would you do if you knew that God would strengthen you; that He would uphold you; that you should “fear not” because God is with you?
Would you undertake that project that has been nagging you for years? Would you reach out to your neighbors even though they are not as “loving” as you are? Would you talk to your friend and forgive him/her for hurting your feelings long ago? Would you forgive your relative for that hurtful slander that they had issued?
You see, if God is for us, we do not need to fear. He is with us. He will help us do that which we find difficult because He is upholding us with His right hand.
What if we are in fear for our safety, or for the status of our health?
And the LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”Numbers 11:23
Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;Isaiah 59:1
Beloved, we don’t worship idols who are made of wood and stone. We worship the living God who sits in heaven and knows us intimately. The Lord’s hand is not shortened so that He cannot save us, nor is His ear dull so that He does not hear our plea. Our God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead, He can surely come to our aid if that is His purpose for us.
The words “Fear not” are just as relevant to us today as they were in the Old Testament days or when Mary birthed Jesus. Fear not because God has us in His hands.
Father, forgive me when I forget that You are the omniscient, all-powerful God, not a god of silver or gold but the everlasting, eternal God who orders the lives of His children. Thank you for Your presence with us, even when we are frightened. Help us to depend upon You and ease our frightened visage so we can tell others of Your strength and aid to us at all times.