Fear is one of the emotions that we feel and there are numerous reasons why we feel fearful.
It can be because there is a threat of harm or a possibility of failing, especially when you feel like you’re incapable of handling something. Threats can be real, or just a product of our imaginations.
Fear is a natural emotion, a part of our lives.
It is not wrong in itself. But too often, how we respond to fear is what makes things wrong.
We worry and we get anxious. Even if the threats are just imagined threats, we feel like it’s real. We feel like we have little or no way out.
Too often, we also try to drive away our fears with our own efforts. And we fail.
But do you know that being worried or anxious is not how we are suppose to respond to fear?
We have God, whom we can turn to, whom we can trust when frightful situations arise.
How do we know that we can turn to Him?
Because He said so! In His Word – the Bible.
Here is a collection of 31 Bible passages that show us we can trust God with our lives. And there’s nothing to fear when we’re with Him!
1. Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?Psalm 27:1
This verse reminds us that when we are anchored on God, there is really NOTHING that we should be afraid of.
When He is the strength of our lives, we have nothing to fear.
The question now is… is He indeed the strength of our lives? Or have we relied too much on our own strength? Or maybe in our bank accounts?
That’s something you and I both need to think about.
2. Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.Psalm 55:22
We all have burdens to carry. But this verse teaches us to cast or give those burdens to God. And He will take care of those.
It doesn’t mean we’re not going to take actions anymore to solve our problems. We must take action!
But trust must come with whatever action we take – trust that God will take care of those stuff that are already beyond our abilities.
Another word that we must be aware of in this verse is the word righteous.
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Much can be said about the righteousness of God, but one thing is certain. God’s righteousness is very much different from ours!
You may think you’re doing something right, like maybe it’s some kind of a trend, something that everybody’s doing. Something that the society says is okay. But in God’s eyes, it’s wrong.
How do we know that we are obeying God’s ways?
By consulting the Bible in our actions and decisions. What does it really say?
To be righteous in God’s eyes, we must both understand and do what He really says in His Word, rather than pick up some scriptures that will justify our actions and then omit others that are not in our favor.
3. Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.Psalm 18:2
Rock, fortress, deliverer, strength, shield, horn and stronghold – all these describe God. Strong words indeed!
Which means God is really strong, like super strong! And He is!
Read this verse over and over again and you will feel like you can never be shaken.
You want that feeling? Don’t leave God’s side.
4. Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Psalm 46:1
Again, here is a passage that tells us we can rely on God. That HE helps us in our troubles!
5. Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.Psalm 34:4
When you are afraid, seek God earnestly and He will hear you.
The question is… are you seeking God? Or are you trying to conquer your fears on your own?
God is the ONLY ONE who can help you in ALL your fears. So please stop trying to face your fears without His help.
6. Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.Psalm 34:17
Here again is a simple reminder that when you follow God’s ways, you can be confident that He will help you in your problems.
7. Psalm 56:3
Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You.Psalm 56:3
Very straightforward! Whenever you’re afraid, whom should you trust?
None other than the Almighty God!
8. Psalm 94:19
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.Psalm 94:19
Wow! Just how many anxieties do you have?
This passage shows us that in the midst of everything we’re anxious about, no matter how many they are, we can find comfort in God.
How can we not find comfort when we know that God is our help? Just by knowing that the most powerful being in the universe will help us in our troubles is comfort enough.
And yes, it is a delight to our souls!
9. Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.Psalm 23:4
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…
Just look at that statement. How many times in your life have you gone through something so difficult it feels like you’re dying?
Or worse, you could even be literally facing death.
But in this passage, we are reminded, that even if death is just around the corner, whether it’s literal death or something that makes you feel like you’re already dying, you should not fear. Because God is with you.
It’s just like saying, as long as you’re with God, you don’t have to fear even death itself.
10. Psalm 103:11
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.Psalm 103:11
God is merciful. And His mercy is not like ours. His mercy is so great as the heavens are high above the earth. That’s great mercy indeed!
Yet again, this mercy is toward those who fear Him.
And what does it mean to fear God?
It means that you know Him and you believe Him enough to obey Him, and run to Him when your heart is troubled.
Color while memorizing Scriptures!
11. Psalm 112:1
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments.Psalm 112:1
Again, we see here that if you fear God, you are blessed.
This passage also shows us that a person who fears the Lord finds delight in God’s commandments.
These commandments are not a burden to him.
How do you find God’s commandments? Have you got the desire to obey them? Do you find delight in living God’s way?
Some good points worth thinking about.
12. Psalm 112:6-7
Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.Psalm 112:6-7
He will never be shaken. Great feeling, isn’t it?
Imagine what you fear right now happens. But you are not shaken. Instead, you do what you must do and you trust God that He will send help.
Isn’t this so much better than being worried or anxious?
13. Psalm 115:11
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD. He is their help and their shield.Psalm 115:11
Again we see here that we must put our trust in the LORD. Because He is our help and our shield.
14. Deuteronomy 3:22
You must not fear them, for the LORD your God, Himself fights for you.Deuteronomy 3:22
Look at that!
The LORD your God, Himself fights for you.
I don’t know about you, but that statement just leaves me speechless.
15. Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:6
And here’s how to rightly respond to fear – to be strong and of good courage.
Not because we are strong in ourselves or that we can overcome on our own, but because God goes with us.
God is the reason for our courage.He won’t leave us and we can be confident in that!
16. Isaiah 35:4
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”Isaiah 35:4
Are you fearful-hearted? Do you have an anxious heart?
God doesn’t tell you it’s okay to remain anxious. No. Instead He tells you to be strong and do not fear.
Again, not because you are strong. But because He is God and He will come and save you!
He wants you to put your trust and reliance on Him.
17. Isaiah 41:10
Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.Isaiah 41:10
God Himself is telling us He will help us. The Creator of the entire universe assures us that He will uphold us.
It leaves me feeling speechless again.
18. Isaiah 41:13-14
For I, the LORD your God will hold your right hand saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you. Fear not you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I will help you,” says the LORD and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel.Isaih 41:13-14
Did you notice the word worm in there?
What do you do with a worm? When I see one in our house, either I throw it back outside, or I crush it. Actually it’s easier to just crush it.
Perhaps that’s how the Israelites felt. In the midst of their enemies they felt like they’re just worms which can easily be crushed.
And that’s when God says not to fear because He will help!
How many times have you felt like you’re so small and so insignificant?
Well… that is certainly not the way God feels for you.
The Creator of the entire universe, the most powerful of all is telling you He will hold your right hand and help you!
It’s like a father guiding his young child, bringing him into safety.
Surely you are precious in God’s sight!
19. Zephaniah 3:17
The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.Zephaniah 3:17
When I read this passage, it feels like God is delighting in me!
How would you feel when the LORD God Almighty himself delights in you?
It’s the most awesome feeling in the world! How can you still be afraid?
20. Luke 12:22-23
Do not worry about your life; what you will eat, nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.Luke 12:22-23
Food and clothing are basic needs.
And yet, basic as they are, Jesus Christ commands us not to worry about them!
He goes on to say that life and the body are more important than these.
Of course this doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything anymore to put food on the table or have clothes. It means we don’t constantly focus on these things to the point that we already feel anxious!
21. Mark 4:39-40
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” and the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”Mark 4:39-40
Why are you so fearful?
Have you ever asked yourself that question?
You might want to ask and get to the root cause of your fears. Then pray about those to God.
This Bible verse also shows us that when you’re fearful, it’s like you don’t have faith in God.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? If you have faith in Him really, why would you be afraid? Why would your fears stop you?
22. Mark 5:36
As soon as Jesus, heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid, only believe.”Mark 5:36
You may not be aware of it, but your beliefs influence your actions.
Many times we want to believe that God will help us. But our fears strike and then that becomes our focus. We forget to believe and trust God.
So whenever you’re scared or anxious, focus on Jesus’ words – Do not be afraid, only believe.
23. John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid.John 14:27
When you’re anxious, you literally don’t feel at peace, do you?
But here is Jesus’ promise. He promised us peace. But that peace does not come from worldly things.
For example, you may feel at peace because you have lots of cash in your bank account, and you have plenty coming every month.
Don’t think you’re now safe because you have lots of cash. Do not put your reliance on that money.
I’m not saying God won’t bless you with lots of money. Oh He can do that! And yes He does that!
But don’t put your confidence in money. Because anytime, it can disappear. What happens then to your peace?
24. Matthew 10:28
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.Matthew 10:28
When I read this passage I can’t help but think about death threats.
Like for example, you’re fighting for something right and then you receive death threats because of that. Do you stop?
Jesus said not to fear those who kill the body. Well, basically because they can only bring physical death on you.
Yes, you can die! But think about it. will we not all die, anyway?
But even if you get killed here, Jesus has the power to resurrect you. At the end of this age, He can give you life again. And this time, a life without end!
So really, even death won’t have power in us when we choose to abide in God.
But just as God has the power to give us eternal life,He also has the power to bring us to eternal death. As in, nada, no more us, bye bye forever.
Whatever or whoever kills us in this world does not have the power to kill us forever. Only God has that power. So indeed, it is Him whom we should rightfully fear!
25. Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing.
Yup! That’s right. NOTHING.
As in zero.
What are we suppose to do then?
But in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God
You pray about everything that troubles you!
Do you pray to God about everything that bothers you?
26. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.1 Peter 5:6-7
God cares for you.
When you’re scared, it doesn’t feel like God cares. It feels like He just abandoned you.
But we can see here in this passage that He does care!
So instead of thinking that He doesn’t care at all, humble yourself, cast all your care to Him, pray about everything that troubles you.
And yes, you will experience His promise of peace.
27. Romans 8:15
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba Father!”Romans 8:15
We can come to God like how a child comes to her Father.
God is our Father.
Do you see God that way? Perhaps it’s about time to see Him as a Father who loves you – and definitely more than your human father could ever love you!
28. Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.Romans 8:28
All things work together for good to those who love God.
What an assuring statement!
Even if it feels like things are not working out in your favor, as long as you are obeying God, you can be assured that everything will be just fine and things will work out their purpose.
29. Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.Romans 8:38-39
There it is! Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
That’s God’s promise to you when you choose to trust Him and obey Him.
30. 1 Corinthians 16:13
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.1 Corinthians 16:13
Another verse that tells us to be strong.
Again, not because we are strong in ourselves. But because God is our God. He is our stronghold!
31. Hebrews 13:5-6
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have, for He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say, “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”Hebrews 13:5-6
Again, Paul reminds us here of Jesus’ promise. That He will NOT leave us nor forsake us.
God is not like us, humans. We often make promises we can’t keep.
When God makes a promise, you can put your confidence in that.
So if God is with us, there really is nothing to fear!
Rely on the LORD.
Popular self-help advice will tell you not to be afraid, to tap on the “inner you” and you’ll find your strength.
Ladies, that is NOT the message that God wants you to hear.
Yes, God does command you not to be afraid and instead be strong. But in all of these passages, it’s not because of the inner you or because you are strong enough.
Instead, He tells you to be strong because of Him! Because He is your strength, because you can rely on Him, and because He will be the one to save you from what you fear.
That is different!
So yes, fear is not bad in itself. There is nothing wrong with fear as long as you respond rightly to it.
And what is the right response?
Keep close contact with God, our Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. Fall down on your knees and pray earnestly. Follow God’s ways. Obey His commandments.
Remember that God does hear the prayers of the righteous.
Fear, if rightly utilized, can help us in having a stronger relationship with God. So don’t let it cause you to worry and be anxious, or paralyze you.
Use it to draw near to God. For that is the reason this seemingly negative emotion was given to us.
It was given for our good.
Use it well.