“Then said he unto me, FEAR NOT, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.” ~ Daniel 10:12
“And said, O man greatly beloved, FEAR NOT: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.” ~ Daniel 10:19
FEAR NOT: Awesome Experiences Await, Be Strong
A few brief notes on our verses:
The words in our text were spoken by an angel sent from God to Daniel. The angel reassured Daniel (v. 12), and revealed that he was an answer to Daniel’s prayer “I am come for thy words”. Moreover, Daniel’s prayer was heard because Daniel had sought the Lord AND submitted himself to God in obedience.
- If we, like Daniel, commit our lives completely to God: if we seek God daily, in His Word and in prayer, then we too will have awesome experiences with God.
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” ~ Jeremiah 33:3
Fear robs us of strength, it weakens us, it saps our energy for the tasks ahead of us. When God instructs us to “FEAR NOT”, His intent is to strengthen us. God’s angel told Daniel that he was loved and because of that love Daniel could receive God’s peace and “be strong”.
We draw our strength from God, we gain peace of mind from God. And God bestows us with His strength and His peace BECAUSE He loves us.
Daniel was encouraged by God’s message through His angel; and so should we.
- Strength then comes from trusting in God rather than ourselves. The strong, courageous man/woman is not the one who is ‘self-reliant‘. The strong, courageous man/woman is God-reliant.
God is merciful, He knows our frailty. When the prophet Elijah ran in fear from Jezebel, God took care of him and strengthened him; taking time to remind Elijah to trust in Him (1 Kings 19).
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” ~ Psalm 103:13-14
FEAR NOT, Believer, God knows we are weak and He will be our STRENGTH if we put our trust in Him.
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.