I am a firm believer in the power of God’s Word. My mom had a sticker on her Bible with that saying, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” Isn’t that the truth?
The power of God’s Word in our lives is based largely on two things: 1) The fact that God said it; and 2) The fact that we believe Him.
Which is precisely why I feel it is our job as parents and teachers to help make faith as tangible as we can to the children. The things they see will give power to the things they cannot see.
Our loving treatment of the children — our presence and calmness when they are afraid — is the first step to helping them not be afraid. It is the first step to helping them trust God for themselves.
The other step, though, which ought to go hand-in-hand, is teaching the children what God says about fear. Do you know how many times the Bible says, “Fear not”??? Why does the God of the Universe tell us not to be afraid?
Stories stick with children. Powerfully.
So one of the first things I like to do is teach the children stories about when the angels come to God’s people. What is the first thing they virtually always say? “Fear not”! Absolutely.
Point that out to the children. When the angel comes to Mary… when the angels come to the shepherds… when the angel came to Daniel…. (Want some more? Just do a simple Bible search of “fear not” with the quotation marks around it.)
It is a byword of Heaven.
Of course, the stories will come gradually over time, but point out those words often.
Then there are the stories of God’s protection over His people: Daniel and the lion’s den, the Israelites at the Red Sea, Paul in the storm, Peter in (and out of! praise God!) prison, Jesus when the mob wanted to stone Him for claiming God as His Father… the list goes on and on.
Meanwhile, start building the children’s store of God’s Word in their hearts. I mean, all the stories are God’s Word, too, but give them specific promises to lean on.
Here are 10 specific verses that are excellent for children (and adults, mind you) to memorize to help them fear not.
10 Bible verses to help the children fear not
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
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Children can often relate well to animals, making these next verses about hiding under God’s wings especially powerful. Show them the chickies firsthand if you have them around. Even a YouTube video will work, though. 🙂
(This one is cute, too, although it does have music to it.)
(I believe it was Mrs. Kay Rizzo, back when her husband Mr. Richard Rizzo was my 9th grade Bible teacher, who told us that the “apple” is literally “little man.” To be reflected as the “little man” in someone’s eye, you have got to be pretty close to them! 😉 “Keep me, Lord Jesus, the apple of your eye!” she sang with us.)
And finally, what is certainly one of the most-often quoted verses in our home:
Fear not, child, for God is with you!
Be on the lookout in a few weeks for the final post in this series, 7 Bible passages to read when your child is afraid.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse that would help the children “fear not”? Share it with us in the comments! (Is there a story behind it? We’d love to hear that, too!) 🙂