5. Find Encouragement in Biblical Examples
The reason the Bible is so full of verses that talk about fear, is because so many people in the Bible experienced it! Some of our most revered heroes of faith were scared to follow the path God had for them, but He lovingly encouraged each one of them and gave them grace. When we read about these heroes, we can find encouragement and grace that we are not the only ones to face a battle with fear.
Abraham feared that he would remain childless and that his servant would become his heir. (Genesis 15:2-3)
Sarah was afraid when God confronted her laughing at His promise to give her a child. (Genesis 18:15)
Isaac was afraid that king Abimelech was going to kill him for his beautiful wife. (Genesis 26:7)
Jacob was afraid of his father-in-law (Genesis 31:31) and his brother Esau (Genesis 32:11). He was also afraid to send his son Benjamin to Egypt with his brothers to get food from Egypt (Genesis 42:4) and also to go there himself (Genesis 46:3).
Moses was afraid of backlash after he killed an Egyptian (Exodus 2:14), he was afraid to look at God (Exodus 3:6), and he was afraid to be the one to go to Pharaoh and ask him to let the Israelites go (Exodus 3 & 4).
Joshua was likely afraid of the enemies in the Promised Land since God told him to be courageous and not fear at least five different times. (Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:9, 8:1, 10:8, 11:6)
Gideon was scared when God called him to save the Israelites from the oppressive Midianites. (Judges 6:23, 6:27)
David was afraid when he was running from Saul. (1 Samuel 21:12, 23:17, Psalm 56:3)
Elijah was afraid for his life at the hands of Jezebel. (1 Kings 19:3)
When you find yourself scared of what is going on and what the future might hold, remember that your ultimate comfort will be found in God’s love and protection.
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalm 57:1
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Cortni Marrazzo lives in Spokane, WA with her husband Jason and their two elementary-age sons, one of which has special needs. She has a Degree in Biblical Discipleship and has a passion for the local church and encouraging and inspiring people toward God’s Word. You can contact her at Cortni.Marrazzo@gmail.com or follow her Facebook page.