In moments of crisis it is easy for people to begin to lose their sense of hope. All around us we see and hear reports of the challenge facing us: global pandemic, stock markets plunging, people suffering, the challenge of schools being closed and the local church needing to innovate due to government mandates. The list goes on.
As followers of Jesus, in moments like this, we have a vital choice to make: what do we look to?
I shared recently that we are not lead by FEAR, but by FAITH – but we also use WISDOM.
FAITH > FEAR
Biblical faith never calls us to deny the realities around us. It calls us to recognize there is a greater reality – His name is Jesus!
I know many in this season are battling worry, anxiety and even panic.
I want to share the following 19 verses from scripture with you so that you can meditate on these truths. Take time every morning and evening and read these 19 verses out loud. Pray though them. Reflect on them. Memorize them. Allow them to be an anchor for you as we move through this season. (You can download a PDF of all 19 verses on the link at the bottom of this post.)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”Romans 15:13
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”2 Timothy 1:7
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”Psalm 23:1–3
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”Matthew 6:34
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”Philippians 4:6
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”Psalm 91:1–4
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”Galatians 5:22–23
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”1 Peter 5:7
“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
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:7
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”Colossians 3:15
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah”Psalm 46:1–3
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”Philippians 4:8
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”2 Corinthians 13:14
“in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”Psalm 56:11
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”Philippians 4:4
“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”Psalm 27:1
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.”2 Thessalonians 3:16
I have put these verses into a PDF that you can download and print so that you can quickly access these verses. Please share these verses with friends, family, coworkers or neighbors who might need some hope as we face COVID-19.