I’ve heard this before…God tells us fear not 365 times in the bible. I heard it again today as if I’d never heard it before. I had one of those beautiful God moments, where it felt like it was just for me. But I’ll share it with you!
There’s no mistake that fear not appears 365 times and not 366 or 364 times. One for every day of the year. He knew once wasn’t going to be enough. He knew we needed to know that we know that we know, that we should not be afraid. AND be reminded of it repeatedly. He knew we were going to have days like today, wondering how far that gas tank would take me tomorrow because I still have another day to wait for payday. Fear not, I am with you. He knew I would get that little knot in my stomach when my girl left to go to the movies this afternoon or texted me goodnight at her sleepover last night. Fear not, I love her more than you do. He knew I needed to be reminded that He was there. No matter what. Fear not, I will never leave you.
Sadly, fear is more common in my every day than I would care to admit. I’ve talked about getting a tattoo on my wrist, something I can look at all the time to remind me I am Fearless. Or maybe 1John 4:18, There is no fear in Love. But perfect love casts out fear…delicately tattooed around my wrist. The truth is, it needs to be written on my heart. To accept that God loves me, like I tell me kids, no matter what, always and forever. I believe I’ll love them like that, so why is it so hard to get that He loves me the same way? The beauty of this faith walk, is that He knows I’m going to mess up. And He doesn’t mind. That’s why He reminds me, 365 times to fear not!
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
(Originally published 1/29/12 on Transform 12:2)