50 bible verses and devotions About fear
The Bible is full of verses helping us overcome our fear and anxieties. Fear diminishes our faith in Christ and makes us lose sight that He is the one in control. God knows our fears and offers us His Word for encouragement and peace.
Bible Verses About Fear
1 Chronicles 28:20
David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.What can mere mortals do to me?
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
1 Peter 3:14
But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
Even 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.
but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.
Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…
“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.”
Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.
“Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’”
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—
“Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
You who fear him, trust in the Lord—he is their help and shield.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him…”
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
God knows our fears, and he wants us to have peace that only he can give. But sometimes our circumstances have a way of clouding that fact. Below are some devotions that might help encourage you to face your fears head on, with God’s power and word. Read some stories and follow the example of brothers and sisters before you that have walked that road. Take heart! You’re not in this alone.
Devotions about Fear
These days, it seems like fear is everywhere. Even so, God’s word is filled with scripture telling us “do not fear”. But how are we supposed to achieve such a tall order? Who are we, against the powers-that-be? Who are we, against the wickedness that permeates this world?
In these uncertain times, draw near to Him. Tell Him how much you’re scared. Tell him how angry you are that you can’t find a single roll of toilet paper. Tell Him everything. He wants to hear it. He so wants to talk to us, comfort us and let us know that it’s going to be okay.
Do you feel trapped by a difficult problem? Perhaps you have a medical problem, a legal problem, or a relationship problem that feels insurmountable. Perhaps you’ve turned to the left, and you’ve turned to the right, and there is no solution in sight.
If so, find hope and comfort in the words of God found in Psalm 91:2.
You must focus your eyes on Jesus, renewing your mind, and keeping it filled to the brim with God’s Word, so there is no room for Satan’s lies.
Next time you find yourself struggling with negative thoughts and anxiety, reflect back on Philippians 4:6-8. Know that you can come to God with anything.