Updated: Dec 11, 2022
Fear is mentioned in the Bible over 365 times. That means there's a verse about fear for more than every day in the year. When the Word of God seems to pay special attention to a particular part of life, it seems fitting for us to take some quality time reading about it.
Personally, fear has been the main vice I've had to deal with. Whether it be an episode of anxiety before entering a crowded room, or so significant that I shut down and retreat to isolation; believing a lie that I can't go on, or that I'm not good enough. On the otherhand, it seems the sins I'm fighting against all are rooted in: fear.
One thing I'm learning (slowly) is that fear, although normal, does not have to be the ruling drive in our hearts, minds, or lives. We don't have to live in fear, because our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ already won that battle for us. He conquered death! There's nothing that can hold Him down, and He's given that freedom and power and authority to us!
Let's continue exploring Psalm 91, to see what else we can get from it today:
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Psalms 91:5-6 NIV
You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon. Psalms 91:5-6 CSB
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Psalms 91:5-6 NLT
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. Psalms 91:5-6 NKJV
You will not be afraid of the terror of night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon. Psalms 91:5-6 AMP
Last time we talked about being wrapped in safety under the wings and shadow of the Almighty; protected behind His shield of faithfulness that cannot be shaken. These verses explain the fruit of what happens when we rest and trust in the faithfulness of our Lord God.
If you knew that a powerful supernatural being was standing next to you at all times, and all of your enemies cowered in fear over this being, would you continue to walk in fear? No we would not. Imagine it. Having a huge, unstoppable, unmovable, powerful being with us that has no fear, nothing can touch us. We would walk with such joy and confidence and boldness, we probably wouldn't even recognize ourselves.
This is a reality. The power of the Living God lives within us. The power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, literally walks with us wherever we go; because we are the temple that holds the Holy Spirit. We have the power that already conquered the enemy, already conquered fear, already conquered death, with us in this very moment.
And according to the power of the Holy Spirit, we are being told:
We will not be afraid of the terror of night. In the Hebrew, the word "terror" here also translates to we will not be frightened by the alarm. The word" night" also translates to adversity (or misfortune/difficulties). In other words, we will not cower in the face of trouble whether we see it coming in the distance, or whether we are right in the midst of a battle.
Nor the arrows that flies by day. There's many other verses that include arrows, but this one stuck out to me the most, comparing arrows to lies that kill.
Their tongues are deadly arrows — they speak deception. With his mouth one speaks peaceably with his friend, but inwardly he sets up an ambush Jeremiah 9:8
Despite the enemies attempts, we will not be afraid of the arrows he tries to kill us with throughout the day. Our Lord God is bigger than the lies, because Truth overcomes lies.
Nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness; which we had compared to sin in the Psalm 91:3. We won't fear the sin that lurks in the darkness, waiting to devour us, because our Lord and Savior Jesus has already conquered sin.
Nor the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon. I take this one literally because of Jesus' Word about not fearing those that can kill the body, but not the soul. (Luke 12:4). Because He already conquered death, and it has no hold on us either. So even in the face of persecution and death, we will not be afraid, because where we would go afterwards would be of way better advantage than staying here.
- Challenge -
For today, I invite you to look up one of the 365+ Bible verses on fear, and find one that calls to you or your situation the most. As I've mentioned before, if we're experiencing it, the Bible has a Word about it; just ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what your heart needs.
Is there an idea you have for a challenge? Feel free to share it with me or write it in the comments below! :-)
- Closing Prayer -
Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You and worship You for who You are and what has been done for us. We thank You, Lord God, for the eternal gift that has been given to us freely, without cost. We thank You for Your forgiveness of our debts, and Your grace that renews each and every day for us. We praise You for the work You are doing in our hearts, even and especially the days we can't see the immediate fruit. We thank You for being faithful to us, even and especially when we fall short of the glory of God. We thank You for being slow to anger and quick to hear our hearts. We thank You, Lord God, for Your kindness and guidance throughout our lives. We thank You Lord God, for not keeping a record of wrongs, but convicting us with gentleness so that we may be able to walk with You on the path of righteousness.
Lord God, we pray for all the lies that we believe in our hearts or minds be revealed and removed. We believe You for big things, Lord God. We believe Your Word when it says that we have control of our thoughts, Lord, so we pray for Your comfort and guidance in this. We pray for Your wisdom and understanding on how to live out our lives daily. We pray for Your Word to be written on our hearts, Lord God. We pray for a hunger and passion for Your Word and for fellowship with You, Father God.
We thank You for hearing our prayers and for loving us the way we ought to love others and ourselves, Father God.
We pray this in Jesus' mighty name. Amen.