God has given us dozens of anxiety-killing Bible verses about fear.
I don’t know a single person who isn’t tempted to fear from time to time.
We can be tempted to fear for our kids and grandkids. I recently said to my wife, “I thought when our kids were grown and out of the house, all our worries would be over. But now they are even bigger! Not only for our kids, but now we have grandchildren to worry about!”
We can be tempted to fear for the future of our nation, especially the more we watch the news. Tempted to fear for our finances. Or our health. And most of us face the temptation to daily anxieties.
Thankfully, there are many bible verses about fear…
…bible verses that speak to worry.
God knows our fears, and he has given us many, many Bible verses about fear. He wants us to have the peace that passes understanding. He wants us to be free from anxiety.
Here are 13 powerful Bible verses about fear:
- Isaiah 43:1-3
- Romans 8
- Isaiah 49:15-16
- Lamentations 3: 21-23
- Psalm 27:13-14
- Psalm 31:19
- Philippians 4:7
- 1 Peter 5:6-7
- Psalm 23
- John 14:27
- Joshua 1:9
- Matthew 6:34
- Psalm 27:1
Bible Verses About Fear #1: Fear Not (Isaiah 43:1-3)
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. (Isaiah 43:1-3)
God tells his children to “Fear not”. Why? Because he has redeemed us and made us his own.
He has called us by name. Therefore when we go through hard things – when we pass through waters, rivers and fire, God himself, our Savior, will be with us, and will keep and protect us.
Yes, we will go through waters and flames – we will go through various afflictions in this life – but they won’t harm us at all.
Bible Verses About Fear #2: God Is For Us (Romans 8)
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?…
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?…
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-32, 35, 38-39)
What a boatload of peace-assuring promises. God, the Creator of all things, the all-powerful one is FOR US. But not only that, he gave up his precious SON to purchase us!
If he gave his Son for us, won’t he meet our needs? Won’t he keep us safe? Won’t he give us any lesser thing we need?
Therefore NOTHING – nothing now or in the future will be able to separate us from his love for us in Jesus.
And because he loves us in Christ, he will meet our every need.
Bible Verses About Fear #3: Engraved On His Hands (Isaiah 49:15-16)
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16)
What mom would forget her nursing baby? It may rarely happen, but God will NEVER FORGET one of his children. He has engraved us on the palms of his hands.
When Jesus looks upon his glorified hands, and sees the marks of the cross, he sees our names engraved there. He will never forget us!
I know parents who have their children’s names tattooed on their arms. How much more did Jesus engrave our names upon his hands when he died for us on the cross!
Bible Verses About Fear #4: The Steadfast Love Of The Lord (Lamentations 3:21-23)
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21-23)
Here is how we cultivate hope and put fear to flight. The key is to “call to mind” the truth about our God.
We must call to mind the fact that God’s steadfast love for us NEVER ceases. We must call to mind that his mercies to us NEVER come to an end.
We must call to mind that every single morning God has new mercies for us. And we must call to mind God’s infinitely great faithfulness.
I memorized this passage years ago, and I begin most days when I wake up by saying something like, “Thank you Lord, for the gift of sleep. Thank you for your protection during the night. Thank you for your steadfast love that never ceases. Thank you for your mercies that never end. Thank you for your new mercies this morning. Thank you for your faithfulness.”
Write this passage on a notecard. Read it every day. Memorize it. CALL TO MIND these truths about our faithful, merciful God and you will find God’s peace growing in your life.
Bible Verses About Fear #5: Wait For The Lord (Psalm 27:13-14)
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27:13-14)
Satan tries to get us to believe we will look upon bad things in the future. To combat this we must remember, that even if we can’t see it now, we WILL look upon God’s goodness in this life and certainly the next. When we meditate on these things it helps us to let our hearts take courage rather than fear.
Bible Verses About Fear #6: How Abundant His Goodness (Psalm 31:19)
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! (Psalm 31:19)
God has abundant goodness stored up for us!
We should not fear the future, but fear God and take refuge in him, because he has ABUNDANT GOODNESS STORED UP for us. God has bags and bags of grace stored up for us. He has blessings waiting that we can’t even imagine – abundant blessings. Not just a little bit. Memorize these verses too!
Bible Verses About Fear #7: Do Not Be Anxious About Anything (Philippians 4:7)
…do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Here’s how to combat anxiety for the future: pray and give thank God “in everything” – in everything you are tempted to worry about. Keep lifting your requests to God. Keep thanking him for everything you can think of.
The result: “the peace of God” – God’s very own peace – “which surpasses all understanding” – a peace that human understanding can’t grasp – “will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Pray! Thank God! All day long.
Bible Verse About Fear #8: Humble Yourselves (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
God promises to give grace to the humble. When we cast our anxieties on him, he promises to “exalt us” – lift us up – at the proper time.
Why should we cast our anxieties on God? “Because he cares for you” – the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Creator of the galaxies CARES FOR YOU. Incredible!
God is not too busy running the universe to care for us tiny specks of dust – he cares for us because he has redeemed us by the blood of his Son. He cares for us because he has adopted us as his own children. He cares about every detail of our lives. Cast your anxieties on him!
Bible Verse About Fear #9: The Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
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. (Psalm 23:1-4)
If you believe in Jesus Christ, the Lord, the Great Shepherd, then he is YOUR personal shepherd, and you shall want for nothing.
Jesus will make you lie down in green pastures, not deserts. Green pastures are rich and full. Jesus will lead you by still waters – a picture of peace.
He will restore your soul – again, a picture of peace and fullness. He will lead you and guide you in paths of righteousness – in his will, in ways that bring blessing to your life.
And he will do this for his name’s sake – for his glory. He will glorify himself in your life. No matter what you go through you won’t fear any evil because he will be with you. He will protect you. He will comfort you.
Bible Verses About Fear #10: My Peace I Give You (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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27).
Apart from Jesus, we would have great reason to be fearful. But Jesus, the Prince of Peace, gives his divine peace to us. He gives us the peace that passes all understanding, which in turn enables us to not be afraid.
If your heart is troubled, let that serve as a reminder to run to Jesus and ask him to fill your heart with peace. You can’t create true, lasting peace on your own. The good news is that Jesus can give you supernatural peace.
Bible Verses About Fear #11: Be Strong and Courageous (Joshua 1:9)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
Though this verse originally applied to Israel entering the Promised Land, we can apply this Bible verse about fear to our own lives as well. Just as God was with the people of Israel, so he’s with us wherever we go. There is not an inch in the universe that is outside of God’s good sovereignty.
No matter what you grievous trials you may encounter, you can be sure that God is absolutely, 100% with you. He is guiding you every step of the way, protecting you from evil and leading you in paths of righteousness.
Bible Verses About Fear #12: Today Has Trouble Of Its Own (Matthew 6:34)
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34).
Tomorrow will have unique worries and fears, just as today has unique worries and fears. The good news is that God gives sufficient grace for each day (but not more than that day). God has new mercies for you today. When tomorrow comes, He will have a fresh set of new mercies that are custom tailored to that day.
You can trust that whatever trouble you encounter today, there will be mercy enough for it. Every day has two things: 1) Trouble 2) Power and grace from God to overcome that trouble.
Bible Verses For Fear #13: The Lord Is My Light and Salvation (Psalm 27:1)
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? (Psalm 27:1)
Fear thrives in the darkness. When we can’t see what’s coming, when we don’t know what’s around the next corner, we feel afraid. Fear also thrives on instability. When we don’t have anything firm to hold onto. When everything around is changing and shifting and unstable.
The good news is that God is both our light and our stronghold. He shines his divine, glorious light into the darkness, revealing the path we’re to follow. His word is a lamp to our feet, and we can be sure that when we walk in his path, we’re safe from evil.
The Lord is also our stronghold. Our fortress. The one who protects us. We are safe within the walls of the Lord, our fortress.
Bible Verses For Fear #14: I Put My Trust In You (Psalm 56:3-4)
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)
Ultimately, fear is the result of putting our trust in something other than the living, almighty God. Fear comes from hoping and resting in something other than the living God. By believing promises or threats made by someone other than God.
We can conquer fear by placing our trust in the One who’s words and promises are trustworthy. When we read his promises, it dispels our fears and fills us with praise and trust. When we take his words into us, we realize that neither life, nor death, nor anything else can separate us from the living God.
There are many more Bible verses about fear, but this is a good start.
Write down your favorites. Memorize them. Believe them. And don’t forget to pray and give thanks always. And Jesus will give you his incredible, deep peace.