Do Not Fear

Do not fear … the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew x, 26, 30.

Fear can paralyze us into a state of inaction. The greatest of fears is the fear of injury or death. The Lord Jesus Christ did all he could to cast out fear from the minds of his disciples. And then, he commanded them, “Do not fear.”

Every Christian has a sacred duty to obey the Lord Jesus. Jesus commanded every one of his followers to bear witness to His name and to proclaim the arrival of God’s kingdom. Proclamation is a public act that requires a certain degree of boldness. It might attract the wrath of the enemies of the gospel. Christians may be falsely accused of disturbing public order or of trying to ‘convert’ others to their faith. Christian preachers may thus end up in police stations and courts. These are not to be seen as unfortunate incidents. Instead, as Jesus predicted, the arrest and trial of his servants were to serve as “a testimony to them [the rulers] and to the Gentiles” (v. 18). Those who are thus arraigned are commanded not to worry about what they will say or how they will answer charges leveled against them. This is God’s way of ensuring that His Spirit gets a chance to take over and speak through his witnesses to the rulers and judges of this world.

And if that wasn’t assuring enough, Jesus commanded his disciples, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul” (v. 28). For if we fear men who can do us temporary harm, we might fall foul of the One who “is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.” The fear of the God should dispel all fear of men. The fear of God is balanced by the love of God. God is mindful about his servants that He has numbered every hair on the heads of his bold witnesses. Without the express knowledge of God, no one will be able to harm or injure any of the witnesses.

The command of the Lord of lords is greater than any earthly command that attempts to gag us. The Lord deserves our respect and obedience. Let us step out in faith, with all of God’s people, and boldly proclaim the gospel. The very hairs of our head are all numbered.