It’s that time of year again. It’s time for the witches, the goblins, and the ghouls to come out. The theatres start pushing horror movies and TV’s begin airing the old horror classics. People get excited about haunted houses and Halloween fright-night plans. Scary stories start flying off the shelves.
It’s time for everyone to be scared.
I don’t get it. I never have. Call me crazy but I’ve never understood the appeal of terror. I’ve never been one to seek out something scary for the sake of entertainment but I know that others do and to y’all I say, “You’re insane, but enjoy!” I’m terrified enough over real-life stuff like Isis and the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. There’s just a lot of scary stuff out there in the world. It’s especially bad if we let it take over and control us. Fortunately, when it comes to fear God has a lot to say on the matter.
13 Bible Verses About Fear
(Why 13? Well, because it’s a scary unlucky number, right?)
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. … – Psalm 23:1 – 6
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. – Proverbs 29:25
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
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
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. – Proverbs 19:23
You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God. – Deuteronomy 7:21
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
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul… – Matthew 10:28
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2
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 23:4
- How do you feel about scary stuff? Do you like horror movies and scary stories?
- Do you have a favorite verse about fear?