The Bible is God’s Word—full of truth for every situation we face in life. As the world endures quarantines, closures, and even panic during the coronavirus pandemic, God offers peace. His Word can displace anxiety and fear with hope and healing.
In fact, the phrase, do not be afraid, is found more than 300 times in Scripture. Jesus is described as the “Prince of Peace” for those who choose to let him reign over their lives. He offers peace for our troubled minds and freedom from fear. These verses about God’s power to deliver us from fear are ones to hold on to in times of anxiety.
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.
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 right hand.
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.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today.”
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.
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.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
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.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Finally, the entirety of Psalm 91 is a classic and often quoted passage about God’s protection for those who seek refuge in God. Read it and find peace today.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11).
Interested in learning how to be calm?
We’re feeling a collective unsettling in this time, which is lasting longer than any of us would like. So how do we cope? As clinical psychologist Dr. Jack Anderson will tell you, fear is natural, it’s instinctive. But calmness has to be learned. Listen in as he shares how we can cope with fear to take on a mindset of hope, a promise of a better future in this episode of the Do Gooders Podcast: How to cope with anxiety and find calm.
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