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How does God give hope to the cowardly or fearful?

Matthew 10:26-31“But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you . . . Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill you. They can only kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.

Proverbs 29:25Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but to trust the Lord means safety.

Psalm 56:3-4But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. O God, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 31:24So be strong and take courage, all you who put your hope in the Lord!

God gives hope by promising that he will never fail you. Throughout Scripture, he says to trust him and not be afraid. You don’t need to try to become more courageous; you just need to take your fears to God and ask him to give you the courage you need. He will do it.

Joshua 1:9I command you—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

God gives hope by promising that his presence will always be with you. He is with you wherever you go—no matter how fearful you might be.

2 Chronicles 32:7Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side!

God gives hope by promising his power to you. His mighty power that created the worlds and planets is available to help you overcome whatever you are facing today. Those arrayed against you may seem more powerful, but when you have God on your side, you have nothing to fear.

Isaiah 51:12-15“I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear? Yet you have forgotten the Lord, your Creator, the one who stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid the foundations of the earth. Will you remain in constant dread of human oppressors? Will you continue to fear the anger of your enemies? Where is their fury and anger now? It is gone! Soon all you captives will be released! Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate! For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar. My name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

I, even I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear? Yet you have forgotten the Lord, your Creator, the one who put the stars in the sky and established the earth.

God gives hope through his comforting assurance that he is in control of all his creation. When he manages the universe, will he not also manage your problems?

Judges 7:10-11But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah. Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.

God gives hope by reassuring you that he is on your side. Gideon was terrified of the Midianite army, but God reassured him that he would have the victory.

Deuteronomy 1:27-31You murmured and complained in your tents and said, ‘The Lord must hate us, bringing us here from Egypt to be slaughtered by these Amorites. How can we go on?’ “But I said to you, ‘Don’t be afraid! The Lord your God is going before you . . . you saw how the Lord your God cared for you again and again here in the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.’

God gives hope with his proven protection and provision. The Hebrews had seen God part the waters of the Red Sea, yet they doubted that God was powerful enough to take the cities of the Promised Land. Moses explained that what God has done yesterday he can do today and tomorrow. He never changes; his power never wanes; his protection and provision never fail.

Luke 21:12-19“But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will be accused before kings and governors of being my followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply! . . . And some of you will be killed. And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls.

God gives hope with his promise of ultimate victory. Jesus described the persecution of his followers so that when it occurs, it would not be a surprise. Even the very words you are to say and the wisdom you are to show will be given to you. It will all be under his control and, while it may seem terrible, the promise is heaven and eternity.

Psalm 27:14Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

God gives hope with his perfect timing. God always does the right thing at the right time.

Hebrews 6:18So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence.

God gives hope through his faithful character and promises. Who God is assures you of what he will do.

Acts 4:5-10, 13, 29-31They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them . . . “Do you want to know how he was healed? . . . he was healed in the name and power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth . . . The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men who had had no special training . . . the building where they were meeting shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they preached God’s message with boldness.

God gives hope by promising that no matter what happens, you won’t face it alone. The Holy Spirit within you will give you the boldness to speak up for him.

Isaiah 57:15The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.”

Romans 8:15So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family—calling him “Father, dear Father.”

2 Timothy 1:7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

God gives hope through his relationship with you, his child. You have been given great power through his Holy Spirit within you.