On Being Afraid


How many of us suffer from fear on a daily basis or even just occasionally? My last bout of fear was in 2005 while waiting for confirmation of a cancer diagnosis. It was a mind and body numbing fear until the verdict came in and I had to face it…the fear and the cancer.

Here are a few things the Bible has to say about being afraid along with that delightful song, “Whistle a Happy Tune” from the 1956 movie, The King and I.

Do not be afraid for I am with you. Genesis 26:24 NIV

The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 NIV

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. Hebrews 13:6

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Proverbs 3:24

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:8 

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36

These are a few teachings from scripture that have helped me as well as others overcome fear at one time or another.

And now…go ahead…whistle a happy tune.