10 Bible verses to help the children fear not

10 Bible verses to help the children fear not [image: Sebright with chick]

Children can often relate well to animals, making the Bible verses about hiding under God’s wings especially powerful.

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.

Building faith

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.)

“Fear not.”

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

  1. Isaiah 41:10

    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.

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  3. Psalm 34:7

    The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

  4. 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.

  5. Isaiah 26:3

    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

  6. Psalm 56:3

    What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

  7. Joshua 1:9

    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.

  8. 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.)

  9. Psalm 17:8

    Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

  10. (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.)

  11. Psalm 36:7

    How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

  12. Psalm 91:4

    He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

  13. And finally, what is certainly one of the most-often quoted verses in our home:

  14. Psalm 4:8

    I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

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.

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YOUR TURN:
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!) 🙂



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Comments

10 Bible verses to help the children fear not — 10 Comments

  1. I am SO loving your chickens! I found your post via Michael Hyatt’s post on FB, and I’m so glad I did. Oh yeah, I guess I need to go back and read the verses. 🙂 I’m very much a crazy chicken lady so I’m happy to have found your blog. I also really did enjoy your verses on fear for children. SO important. Thanks for the reminder of things I should be talking about with my children.

    • lol, Very cool, Danica — glad to connect! I did a double-take on the chickens comment, lol. They are not actually mine; we just found them adorably and fittingly shareable. 😉 (I really appreciate all the people who do allow us to share their work.) I am glad you enjoyed the post. Blessings to you and your dear children! 🙂

  2. My go to verses have been the Psalms and Proverbs. They are full of encouragement and I know when my steps are ordered of the Lord I can also follow His command to fear not. It has been a beautiful journey of learning to lean on and trust my Lord.

    • Psalms and Proverbs are both certainly rich. And very good point about security following obedience. It is a beautiful journey, for sure. Blessings, Jeannie. 🙂

  3. I have been enjoying your posts Sheila and the way you bring out Bible verses are very good. Teaching children not to fear by demonstrating reliance on God’s word is excellent. There are so many lost children these days and your message will help many parents and children make the right Christian choices. Your wisdom for guiding the little ones shines bright in your godly character. Yes, you’re right that those verses are not just for kids, but for us adults as well. I don’t have children. However, one of my favorites about fear not is Psalms 23:4. Thanks for posting.

    • Even in the valley of the shadow of death… yes. That is an excellent one, too — a favorite of many, I know (including my own husband, actually 🙂 ). Thank you for sharing, brother!

  4. A wonderful message for children; especially those just beginning to hear about a God who can quell their fears. My go to verse is Proverbs 3:4-6. “Trust in God with ALL your heart. Don’t depend on your own understanding. Give him all your ways and He will direct you.”

    • Oh, yes — another great one, April! We don’t always have to understand… because He’s always got it covered. 🙂 I remember one preacher in particular who always likes to say, “You know what that ‘all’ means in this verse?… It means ‘all.'” Love it.

  5. Psalm 91:4 has always been this powerful visual for me, especially when I was younger! Our kids are bombarded with so many frightening things these days, that I think we as parents must introduce our kids to these powerful verses of reassurance in order to counteract the things that try to take hold of little minds unawares.
    Thanks for this encouragement! Visiting from CBCE!

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