Years ago someone told me that “fear not” was found in the Bible 365 times; once for each day of the year. I thought about printing my own calendar and placing a different “fear not” verse on each day. What a source of hope and confidence it would be to begin each and every day by meditating on the fact that we don’t have to fear whatever we have to face.
Much to my chagrin, “fear not” nor any of its close derivatives (fear thou not, be not afraid, etc.) can be found in the Bible 365 times. Personal friend and close colleague, Pastor Nathan Boehm, took the time to do further research on this subject and posted his findings on his blog that I recommend for your reading (http://wordnuggets.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/how-many-times-does-the-bible-say-fear-not/).
Although not found 365 times in the Bible, “fear not” was spoken as an imperative from the lips of Jesus, and therefore should be taken as a direct command to be adhered.
There are many earthly reasons to fear today; the failing economy, bad reports from the doctor, global unrest, terrorist threats, and hopeless predictions from political prognosticators just to name a few.
However, as followers of Christ we have greater reasons to fear not; God will not fail you (Deut.31:6), God will not forsake you (1 Chron. 28:20), God is with you (Isaiah 41:10), God will help you (Isaiah 41:13), God knows you by name (Isaiah 43:1), God can do marvelous things (Joel 2:21), It is God’s pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32), and Christ is the First and the Last (Rev.1:17).
Simply put, Jesus said, “Do not fear” (Matthew 10:31 NKJV). Hearing it once from Jesus is just as good as hearing it 365 times. He said it, that settles it!