What should I do when I’m afraid?

Here's the answer:

Trust that God is taking care of you.

Everyone feels afraid sometimes, and fear can help us stay away from dangerous things like mean dogs and strangers. If you have not trusted Jesus as your Savior, you should be afraid of facing the punishment for sin—death. By dying on the cross, Jesus took that punishment for sinners who trust Him.

If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, follow Him by obeying His Word, the Bible. Then, you have no reason to fear! You don’t have to fear the dark because God can still see you there. You don’t have to fear getting hurt because God promises to work all things—even hard things—for good when you love and follow Him. You don’t have to fear dying because you have a home in heaven.

God is always with you, even though you can’t see or hear or feel Him. Trust God anytime you start to be afraid of something, and pray for His help. Memorize verses like the ones below so you can think about them when you’re afraid.

Bible Truth

"The LORD gives me light and saves me. Why should I fear anyone? The LORD is my place of safety. Why should I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1).

"When I’m afraid, I will trust in you. I trust in God. I praise his word. I trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can people do to me?" (Psalm 56:3–4).

"Don’t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood" (Philippians 4:6–7).