"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Psalm 56

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This is perhaps one of the most famous lines ever spoken by a U.S. president. But what did President Roosevelt really mean when he said this in 1933? As the world faced the Great Depression, there were immense fears about the future – jobs were disappearing, banks were collapsing, and governments were falling. The President spoke on the day of his inauguration saying that “fearing” fear would paralyze any efforts to turn a “retreat into advance.”

Though this is true, it’s still hard to stop fearing fearful things. And there are legitimate fears (sin, death, taxes, etc.) that fill this world. But if our trust is in God Almighty, whom shall we truly fear? Sometimes we become so frozen by dread, we forget that God never forsakes His people. If you have new life in Jesus, you
can cling to the promise that He is with you always. God doesn’t just tell us to be “strong and courageous” on our own. The great news is that we can do so knowing that He is with us wherever we go.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 56


The Bible does not actually record 365 phrases that mean "Do not be afraid." Hearing the Lord tell us once to fear not ought to be enough!

Bible In A Year

  • Genesis 10-11
  • Psalm 5
  • Matthew 8-9