Someone recently brought something to my attention. When you reverse the words “Do not fear” you get “Fear not, do.”
Here’s why I like it.
Some people get paralyzed with fear. They sense (or create) something to be afraid of in their minds—something invisible and possibly destructive—and, as a result, cease living their lives.
What I like about the “Fear not, do” reversal, is that it encourages us to push back from the mentality-of-retreat: When you step out on faith to serve God and others, and when you try to be the hands and feet of Christ—even when you don’t have all the answers, and even when you don’t know what the outcome might be—your fear factor goes down.
Here’s why: When you actively serve God you see God act. And that reminds you he is near, which reduces your fear.
“The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) No one! The hands and feet of Christ are not intimidated by the invisible, destructive and unfounded fears that creep into our minds.
“Fear not, do.”
By Matthew Ruttan
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.