Scriptures to Comfort You and Give You Courage When You are Afraid
Well, it seems we have a lot to be afraid of in this world. We think that it is unique, that there are more terrible things happening today than ever before, but it seems to me that each generation has its own share of trouble and things to cause us to fear.
But thankfully God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That’s good news! We can take courage from what the Bible says about overcoming fear and having courage in the face of trials in our lives because God doesn’t change. He will do for us what He did for people throughout time.
How to Use These Verses
I encourage you to take the Scriptures below and read them in context if you can. Look them up in a Bible or look them up online and read the whole chapter. Think about who God is speaking to in the Bible and how it applies to you.
Also, pick a verse or two and think about it throughout the day or week. Ask God to show you what He means there.
Bible Verses about Fear
When I am afraid, the Book of Psalms is my first place to turn in the Bible. Not only did David face a giant in battle, but he spent a lot of time running for his life and hiding from a jealous king. And since he was a psalmist (a songwriter), he wrote songs that have been saved for us today. He is often dismayed at the terrible circumstances that he is in, but he finds comfort when he cries out to God. God always answers Him. He always protects Him. We can always count on God as David did.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom should I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom should I dread?
I sought the Lord and He answered me,
And rescued me from all my fears.
When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me
God is our refuge and strength,
A very ready help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth shakes
And the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
One who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
3 For it is He who rescues you from the net of the trapper
And from the deadly plague.
4 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may take refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and wall.
5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the plague that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that devastates at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
8 You will only look on with your eyes
And see the retaliation against the wicked.
9 For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
The Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will happen to you,
Nor will any plague come near you tent.
11 For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
To protect you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will lift you up,
So that you do not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will walk upon the lion and cobra,
You will trample the young lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he has loved Me, I will save him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 I will satisfy him with a long life,
And show him My salvation.”
21And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen everything that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; the Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. 22 Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the One fighting for you.’
Deuteronomy 31:6, 8
6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or in dread of them, for the Lord your God is the One who is going with you. He will not desert you or abandon you.”
8 And the Lord is the one who is going ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not desert you or abandon you. Do not fear and do not be dismayed.”
So God was talking to the Israelites and Joshua when they were about to cross into the land He promised them, but it was full of enemies and they were afraid to go there. He is showing His nature to us in this story. He is the God who goes before us when we are facing a battle in our lives. We don’t have to fear or be dismayed. We can trust Him because He always does what He says He will do. He is going ahead of us and will be with us. We won’t be left alone to figure stuff out on our own.
Not only is He with us, not only does He go before us, but He fights for us, the Bible says. Ask Him to fight for you and He will do it. He will be with you.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I love this promise that God made, that He would be with us wherever we go. I think that a key to overcoming fear is in the previous verse, Joshua 1:8. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will achieve success.”
What we think about and focus on matters. If we focus on God’s Word, (which is a way of meditating on it) –focusing on His promise that He is with us always and everywhere we go, we push out the thoughts of fear and worry and dread. Courage rises up to do the task before us.
But now, this is what the Lord says, He who is your Creator, Jacob,
And He who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
Here God is telling us that He is our Creator Who calls us by name and claims us as His own. He knows us intimately –not as just random person here on earth. He planned for us. And He has redeemed us. We don’t have to be afraid.
And he said, “You who are treasured, do not be afraid. Peace be to you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I felt strengthened and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
1 John 4:18a
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear…
I think there are different levels of meaning to this verse and there’s a lot to think about here. When we really know and receive God’s love for us, we trust Him and fear leaves. And also, when we love someone else, we are willing to face fear to help them when needed.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (New King James Version)
26 “So do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are two sparrows not sold for an assarion? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than a great number of sparrows.
The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?
All Scriptures are taken from: New American Standard Bible. La Habra, CA: Foundation Publications, for the Lockman Foundation, 1971. Print. (This is an affiliate link. If you click on the link and make a purchase from Amazon, I may receive compensation. Your price will stay the same, though.)
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