“Do Not Be Afraid! God Is With Us!”

At a time where our nation mourns the tragedy in Connecticut, I am reminded of one of the most common phrases used by God and Jesus, “Do not be afraid…I am with you.” It doesn’t explain, excuse or make all things better. Tragedies like this one don’t make sense no matter how many questions are answered.

These words of God simply remind us of the truth that God is with us all the time, even when it doesn’t feel that way. These are words a parent shares with their child in a storm, a crowd, an adventure and now also a tragedy: “Don’t be afraid. I am with you.”

So whether you are a parent, student, Christian, or just filled with emotions and questions, please allow these verses to be important, encouraging reminders in a time when we desperately need them. They are not answers or solutions. They are reminders of God’s presence with us, in good times & bad.

Genesis 26:24 NLT
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you”

Deuteronomy 7:21 NLT
“No, do not be afraid…for the Lord your God is among you, and he is a great and awesome God.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

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

1 Chronicles 28:20 NLT
“Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Matthew 28:20 NLT
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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