“The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
“. . .This past Sunday, the visiting preacher told us that God said “Fear not” 366 times in the Bible, which is like God saying that to us EVERY DAY, including leap year, knowing that we need to be reminded daily. God loves us so much and is our GREATEST ENCOURAGER, so we really should spend more time letting Him speak to us from the Bible, imparting His Truth, Wisdom and Knowledge to us that we can apply to our lives.“
There are numerous “Fear Nots“ in the Bible, even more than 1 per day of the year or for every day of our lives. The number of times “Fear Not” is stated in the Bible differs with the various translations, but nonetheless, God speaks these actual words “Fear not” and similar expressions such as, “Don’t be afraid.” He encourages us in many ways not to fear, but to trust Him.
In the Soul Shepherding website, http://www.soulshepherding.org/2010/07/fear-not-365-days-a-year/ the article says ‘Fear Not! 365 Days A Year’, that there are 103 “Fear Nots“ in KJV, but over 500 references to ‘fear’ alone, not counting those scriptures that deal with worry and anxiety. What this means is that the Bible is a rich source of words of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement in coping with our fears and anxieties.
Someone wrote that if God said “Fear not“ ONLY ONCE, he would be satisfied and happy with that! Others have Googled and said that they can find only half as many “Fear nots“ of the 365 in the link I mentioned. I suppose they were looking for the words, “Fear not.” I don’t recommend trying to count the “Fear nots” because you will lose count as I did. I began counting other words God spoke besides “Fear not” that mean the same thing, about not being afraid. Besides, there are many examples in the Bible of God’s faithfulness that teach us not be fearful, but to trust in God alone.
These are just a few of my favorite scriptures where God says “Fear Not”:
“Let not your heart be troubled ..” (John 14:1)
“Call unto me and I will answer you..” (Jer 33:3)
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” (Phil 4:6 AMP)
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers..” (Psalm 37:1)
“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee..” (Joshua 1:9b)
“.. lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mt 28:20)
“..If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Ro 8:31b)
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7)
Jesus said, “. . . I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb 13:5).
The only thing I can think to be fearful of is NOT KNOWING JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR AND NOT HAVING GOD AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER; to not know of God’s loving kindness and tender mercies; to not know that there is a blessed hope for all those who trust in Him; to not know where you will spend eternity and that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun.
So the answer to the questions, “Whom Shall I Fear? Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?” is FEAR GOD, this ‘FEAR’ meaning to reverence and honor God, and He will help you with all of your ‘fears’, whatever they be.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)