Fear Not, Fret Not, Faint Not
Not only does the Bible tells us to do something, but it also tells us things not to do. If we want to grow spiritually, there are three things the Bible tells us not to do.
The Bible tells us in three different places to not to do the following things:
- Fear not.
- Fret not.
- Faint not.
If we trust God to never leave us nor forsake us, then obeying Him to not do the three things mentioned above will not be hard at all. It will be easy to refrain from fearing, fretting, and fainting especially when we think of the benefits of obeying God.
The expression "fear not" is in the Bible about 365 times. That means people are not to fear any day of the entire calendar year. Whenever it is written in the Bible "fear not," it is almost always followed by a promise or an encouraging word. God does not tell us not to do something without encouraging us to replace it with something do.
According to Isaiah 41:10, we are to exchange fear for faith because God is always with us.
"Fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God."
We are to fear not for a couple of reasons.
- God is with us.
- God is our God.
Do not confuse the definition of "fear" that means to honor God with the word "fear" that means to be afraid of something. In the command to fear not, it means not to be afraid.
We can't help from fretting from time to time because there is so much evil in the world that upsets us. We fret because we are powerless to stop the evil that goes on in our family, on our job, and even in our church.
"Fret not yourself in any wise to do evil."
Psalm 37 mentions not to fret two times.
- Fret not because of evildoers, according to Psalm 37:1.
- Psalm 37:8 tells us that we need not do evil just because others are doing evil.
Surely, we are concerned when we heard about people robbing banks, setting houses and churches on fire and the many mass school shooting in our country. Instead of fretting over those terrible things, the Bible clearly says we are to replace our fretting with faith.
It is so easy to give up when things get tough. If we give up, then we will get nothing for our efforts of trying to hang in there for so long during trying times.
Galatians 6:9 gives us much encouragement. It tells us that if we continue to stand in the midst of trials and tribulation, then we will reap a harvest in due season provided we do not faint.
So if you want to grow spiritually and have something to show for your labor, continue to stand firm until harvest time because it will eventually come.
"Be not weary in well doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not."
Our Christian maturity is based on the three biblical principles cited above. We are to fear not, fret not, and faint not.
- We should renounce fear and replace it with faith.
- We should renounce fretting and replace it with faith.
- Finally, we should renounce any fainting on our part and replace it with faith.
Faith is what will keep us growing spiritually when it takes the place of fearing, fretting and fainting!