Faith Five Scripture Readings for 31 Days of Scripture Reading on Fear
Find a quiet place where you can be alone without interruption for at least 5 to 15 minutes. Begin by sharing the high and low of the day of each person present. Read the scripture for the day. Talk about what you have read and how it relates to your highs and lows. Then pray, something like “Lord, thank you for today. Thank you for…” (mentioning the highs and lows and “fears” of all present). Close with this blessing for each person: “You belong to the LORD. May the LORD keep you safe in thy arms. May you remember the LORD is always by your side.”
DAY ONE (1/01/19): Deuteronomy 31:6—Moses is speaking to the Israelites just before his death. He is commissioning Joshua to lead the Israelites into battle in the Promised Land. Marching into war is frightening, but listen carefully to Moses’s words to the Israelites.
DAY TWO (1/02): Joshua 1:9—God is reassuring Joshua as he is preparing to lead the Israelites into battle. God’s promise to be with Joshua is the reason he can be “strong and courageous.”
DAY THREE (1/03): Psalm 3—The Psalms were prayers written in the form of Hebrew poetry and often set to music. Their words capture the fears and faith not only of their authors but of all who have found comfort in them.
DAY FOUR (1/04): Psalm 56—Often the psalmists were facing enemies-other nations attacking Israel or others among their own people who were mistreating them. Several lines in this psalm, including verses 3 and 4, are powerful aﬃrmations of trust in God.
DAY FIVE (1/05): Proverbs 3:25-26—The Proverbs represent the collected wisdom of ancient Israel. They reﬂect what the writers observed in their own lives and in the lives of others.
DAY SIX (1/06): Isaiah 12—Isaiah’s words in this chapter promised a day when the people of Israel would be delivered from their enemies. The words were initially spoken in a time of great diﬃculty, and it was trusting in these words, in the midst of adversity, that gave them peace in the face of the storm.
DAY SEVEN(1/07): Isaiah 47:8-10—To a people living in a very frightening and diﬃcult time, Isaiah penned these words on behalf of God. As you read, imagine God speaking them to you.
DAY EIGHT(1/08): Matthew 8:23-27—As you read this story, bring to mind the storms in your own life. Christians believe Jesus is in the “boat” with them all the time.
DAY NINE (1/09): Matthew 10:26-33—Jesus tells us that even the hairs on our head are numbered – an expression indicating that God knows us even better than we know ourselves.
DAY TEN (1/10): Matthew 14:22-33—In this scene at sea, Jesus comes to the disciples in the midst of the storm and bids Peter to walk on the water with him. You are Simon Peter in this story.
DAY ELEVEN (1/11): Matthew 28:1-10—Twice in this passage, which follows Jesus’s resurrection after he had been cruciﬁed by the authorities, the women who had come to Jesus’s tomb are told not to be afraid. How does the resurrection of Jesus deliver those who believe in it from fear?
DAY TWELVE (1/12): Luke 1:26-38—In this well-loved story, the young Mary is told by God’s messenger that she will have a child. Both the appearance of the messenger and the nature of the message must have been frightening. We’re often called to do things that are frightening. Mary simply trusted God.
DAY THIRTEEN (1/13): Luke 2:8-10—When the angels appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of the Savior, the shepherds were terriﬁed. How does this beloved story speak to us about fear and how we respond to it?
DAY FOURTEEN (1/14): Luke 5:1-11—After a miraculous catch of ﬁsh, Jesus calls four ﬁsherman to be his disciples. Both the miracle and the calling likely made them afraid.
DAY FIFTEEN (1/15): Luke 12:4-7—You read Matthew’s version of this already, but Luke’s is slightly diﬀerent. How does fear of the Lord actually decrease our other fears?
DAY SIXTEEN (1/16): Luke 12:22-34—Again, you’re reading Luke’s version of what you already read in Matthew, but bears rereading.
DAY SEVENTEEN (1/17): John 6:16-21—You read this story in Matthew on day 10. Here’s John’s version of this important story. Imagine Jesus speaking these words to you.
DAY EIGHTEEN (1/18): John 12:27—Jesus spoke these words to his disciples just before his arrest and cruciﬁxion to prepare them for what lay ahead. How do they speak to you?
DAY NINETEEN (1/19): Romans 8:14-17—How does being a child of God and having the Holy Spirit help us not to fear?
DAY TWENTY (1/20): Romans 8:28—This single verse is often quoted in unhelpful ways, but its underlying message is powerful. It is not teaching us that God wills everything that happens, but that God has a way of forcing good even from evil, tragedy, and pain.
DAY TWENTY-ONE (1/21): Romans 8:35-39—A powerful aﬃrmation that we cannot be separated–cut oﬀ or somehow disqualiﬁed–from God’s love by anything or anyone.
DAY TWENTY-TWO (1/22): Philippians4:4-7—Read these beloved verses carefully. They include several important keys to living without fear.
DAY TWENTY-THREE (1/23): Philippians 4:8-9—Like yesterday’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, these verses contain a powerful key to ﬁnding peace.
DAY TWENTY-FOUR (1/24): Colossians 3:12-17—As you read, notice Paul’s prescription for ﬁnding peace with others and with God in the face of fear.
DAY TWENTY-FIVE (1/25):1 John 4:16-21 (with a special focus on verse 18) —How do the love of God and the love of others drive out fear?
DAY TWENTY-SIX (1/26): Psalm 23—Notice the psalm opens with an aﬃrmation about God, but when the psalmist turns to the subject of fear, he begins to speak directly to God. What do you take away from that?
DAY TWENTY-SEVEN(1/27): Psalm 55:1-5, 16-19—Remember, the Psalms reﬂect the faith and life struggles of their authors, often in times of great adversity. Notice the psalmist prays evening, morning and midday (the Jewish day began at sunset). This threefold pattern of prayer is helpful in combating fear.
DAY TWENTY-EIGHT (1/28): Proverbs 29:25—This one short verse is worth meditating upon when you ﬁnd yourself afraid of others.
DAY TWENTY-NINE (1/29): Isaiah 41:1-10—These are powerful words from God to the Israelites. Hear them as God’s words to you.
DAY THIRTY (1/30): Isaiah 43:1-3a—These verses do not promise that you won’t face adversity. Instead, God says that when (not if) you pass through waters and ﬁres of trial he will be with you and what you face will not destroy you.
DAY THIRTY-ONE (1/31): Revelation 21:3-4—These powerful verses paint a picture of a day when God will make all things new and there will be no more sorrow, suﬀering, or pain.