In 1 Samuel 17:28-30, when Eliab chastised David for leaving the sheep in the wilderness to appear on the battlefield, David replied him, “Is there not a cause?”  the phrase “do not fear” is said to have appeared 365 times in Scripture. The question is, why is this expression so important to God that He repeats it so many times?” Is there not a cause?

Sometimes life can get scary, and our Christian journeys, a little rocky. Nevertheless, for every reason to fear, the Lord has provided more reasons to hope. Fear and faith are much alike. While they both make you believe in something, fear concentrates on what worst could happen; while faith believes in what best could arise out of a situation.

Fear means “a strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.” But for the Christian, fear simply means, “a doubt of God.” Fear could prove to be very costly to the believer. Our walk with God as Christians depends much on the faith we repose in Him. Take faith away from Christianity and all is lost.

As Christians, we cannot lose sight of the fact that God knows best, He knows our every weakness, need, and what we go through and understands how we feel. So, it is not surprising that for each of the 365 days in a year, the Lord gives us a “do not fear” pill to carry us along our ways; a daily assurance of His love, protection, and providence.

What are your fears? He has not given us the spirit of fear! May your faith in God once again be rekindled to sail through this Christian journey successfully.