When I was writing my post on overcoming fear, I found it hard to narrow down the verses I wanted to use. So as a follow-up, I decided simply to provide a list of 10 additional Bible verses that speak to fear and anxiety. While we all have different levels of anxiety about the recent coronavirus and its economic impact, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t struggle with worry, anxiety, and fear about something.
Paul’s advice from Philippians 4:6-7 is to turn our worries into prayers, and so perhaps having a simple list to reference will help you navigate whatever struggles you may be facing.
Biblical Assurance: God’s Got This!
- Psalm 34:4
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.“
- Proverbs 3:5
“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
- Isaiah 41:10
“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.”
- Isaiah 41:13
“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.”
- John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
- John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
- 1 Corinthians 16:13
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
- Philippians 4:6-7
“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.”
- 2 Timothy 1:7
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
- 1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
The study Bible I use includes notes that add “the difference between worry and genuine concern—worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action.” It goes on to say that “Worriers…are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God…Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.”
In closing, I’d like to share a prayer from the Lenten Devotional my church shared in preparation for Easter: