“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – In God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalms 56:3-4 NIV
What things make you afraid? When I was little I was afraid of thunder and lightning storms. I was afraid that lightning would strike our house and the thunder was so loud. As an adult I am afraid for my children, that they might get sick or get hurt. We are all afraid sometimes, kids and adults.
Being afraid is a feeling. We feel scared or worried that something might happen to us or to our families and friends. But the verse above gives us an answer for how to not be afraid or fearful. And the answer is God. The Bible tells us lots of promises that God has given to all of us. So we just need to trust in those promises and let God help us to not be afraid.
But first, we need to find the promises!
God loves you forever! “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures (lasts) forever.” Psalms 136:1
God will never leave you! “…And surely I (Jesus) am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
God will help you! “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 41:10
God will keep you safe! “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
God keeps His promises! “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant (promises) of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
God will give you strength! “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1
God will hear your prayers! “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13
God created you just the way you are! “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalms 139:14
This week think of a time when you are afraid. Talk to your parents about it. Draw a picture of when you are afraid and then write (or have your parents help you write) the Bible verse with the promise from God that you can use to not be afraid.
Share your picture with someone and help them to not be afraid!
Blessings as you and God overcome your fears!