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15 Bible Verses On Doubt

Use these 15 Bible verses on doubt when you are experiencing fear, worry, and uncertainty to remind you that God is near and above it all.

Doubt is such a common struggle.

  • I’ve doubted myself and missed out on living out my purpose.
  • I’ve doubted God, giving way to fear and worry.
  • I’ve doubted friends, sinking into a hopeless world of “what-ifs.”

Doubt has left me worried, stuck, and unable to do what I was created to do.

How do you navigate through times like this? How do you get out of your head, show up and live the life you were meant to live? 

Whether you are doubting God, your relationships, your future, or yourself, God’s Word is full of encouragement to help you get out of this place you are in.

I pray that these words are able to guide you out of the pit of doubt and give you the freedom to live this life knowing God is with you every step of the way.

Doubt can be an endless pit that is hard to pull yourself out of. But it does not have to be this way and you definitely do not have to do it alone.

Read these Bible verses about doubt to see what God has to say on the subject.

Scriptures on Doubt

Use these 12 Bible verses on doubt when you are experiencing fear, worry, and uncertainty to remind you that God is near and above it all.

1. Joshua 1:9 – Be Strong & Courageous Bible Verse

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

Joshua 1:9

How comforting to know that our God is with us wherever we go! He is the One that tells us to not be afraid for He is with us. What do we have to be afraid of when our Protector is near?

What do you have to be afraid of?

Take a moment and think about what fears you have. Think about what discourages you.

Then remind yourself that God is with you through it all. Let us be strong and courageous knowing that our Lord is walking with us!

2. Psalm 23:4 – For Comfort In Your Doubt & Fear

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

The darkest valley…even in the darkest valley, I will not fear

How encouraging to know that God is with me even when I feel like my world is crumbling around me. Even when I feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, God is with me, and the same goes for you. 

God is holding you so tight. He will never let go of you. 

If you are ever feeling stuck or discouraged in the deepest darkest depths of this life I encourage you to listen to “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman. It is an older song, but it is still so relevant today. 

It is so encouraging to know that this dark period that you may be going through will end. You will make it through. You are not alone.

I have survived 100% of my worst days so far.

3. Psalm 27:1 – When You Doubt, The Lord Is Your Stronghold

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

Remember when you were younger transitioning from having a “night light”, to sleeping without it? I remember being terrified of sleeping in the dark. If I heard any sound while I was in bed, I imagined the worst-case scenario. I’d cover my head with blankets, trying to hide from whatever it may be. 

But sometimes I would actually gather up the strength to get out of bed, grab my flashlight, and go see what made that noise. When I would shine that light and look around, I would realize it was just my dog moving around, the A/C turned on, or it was the refrigerator cooling down.

It turned out, those noises weren’t so scary in the light. 

Do you hide from things happening in your life right now, especially the unknowns that you can’t see clearly?

What if, instead of standing paralyzed, you picked up a flashlight?

God provides that light for us. The Lord is your flashlight! He is the light that brings Truth, safety, provision, and the answers we so desperately seek. His Word shows me when things aren’t what they seem and promises that I can do those hard things with Him. 

When you have feelings of fear, or doubt ask God to be that light to shine on those things that are scaring you. Ask Him to be with you and to help you through it. What should you fear with God by your side?

4. Proverbs 3:5-6 – When You Doubt Yourself, You Can Trust In The Lord For Direction

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

When those doubts of, “Am I doing what I was created to do?”, or “I am not qualified to do this…”, or “I don’t know what I am doing with my life…”, etc. take over you, go to this verse. 

All those statements that you have asked yourself, what do they have in common? They all lean on your understanding. Those statements do not take into account what God knows you can do! 

When you submit to God, He will lead you. He will make those doubts disappear by making your path straight. He knows you better than you know yourself. He has an eternal perspective while our own view is so small.

Trust in Him, submit yourself to Him, and He will lead you where you are supposed to go and equip you to do what He created you to do.

5. Isaiah 41:10 – When You Doubt/Fear, God Will Strengthen & Help You

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

What a great picture this verse has painted!

In the midst of your doubt, God will give you strength. He will help you!

God will even reach down and pick you up with His “righteous right hand”. He will protect you and comfort you.

6. Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13

Here, again, is another reminder that God is right beside you.

The enemy loves to convince us that we are alone, that we’re the only ones struggling, but that’s never the Truth.

In the midst of your troubles, He has taken your hand and will guide you through it. He will remind you to not fear for He is with you and here to help you.

When you have doubts, pray. Ask Him to come, take your hand, and walk with you through this.

7. Jeremiah 29:11-13 – Seek The Lord With All Your Heart And You Will Find Him

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

How comforting to know that God has a plan laid out for you already! His plans are not there to harm you, they are not there to scare you. His plans are to give you “hope and a future.”

Everything that is happening right now is happening for a reason. God has a masterful way of weaving all things together for our good (which we tend not to see until afterward – hindsight is 20/20, right?).

When you have fears or doubts, call to Him. Tell Him your fears, tell Him your doubts. He will listen to you. He says it right here in this verse. 

You are not a burden to Him. That is the Evil One leading you further from God. Don’t let him win. Go to God with whatever you have! Big or small and he will listen to you. 

8. Matthew 6:34 – Do Not Worry About Tomorrow Verse

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

If you know me well, you know that I am a planner. I plan everything! I plan my days out hour by hour, my family’s meals for the week, when we go see family and friends, etc.  

Being a planner, sometimes it is a fine line between planning tomorrow and not worrying about tomorrow and whether the plans that I have made will be good enough to prepare me for whatever the day brings.

It’s hard to not worry about providing for my family. But as I worry about my future plans, I forget about living in the present. I end up getting so overwhelmed by future problems that may or may not happen (there’s that land of “what-ifs” again!) and the problems of the present that it paralyzes me and steals so much joy from my days.  

Earlier in the passage, in verse 25 it says “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Life is more than the plans I make. 

I highly encourage you to bookmark, highlight, post-it note, or underline Matthew 6:25-34. Whenever you are feeling anxious or worried go back and read this entire passage to yourself. Remind yourself that God will take care of you. He will provide for you. His plans are perfect.

9. Luke 1:37 – God’s Word Will Never Fail You

For no word from God will ever fail.

Luke 1:37

God will never fail me. And God will never fail you!

All those promises He has made, He has kept. In those times of doubt, remember that God will never fail you. He is with you and will help you through hard times.

God is not hoping for you to fail, He wants to see you succeed. He wants to help you succeed.

Trust that God is who He says He is and you are who God says you are – a beloved child of the King, made on purpose, for a wonderful purpose.

10. Romans 8:28 – In All Things, God Works For Your Good

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

We have all experienced those times when nothing is working out. It feels like everything is going wrong and nothing is working as it should. 

That’s when doubt loves to creep in. You wonder why God would let things happen the way that they do, you doubt your abilities, you doubt God’s goodness, you doubt His provision and so many other things. 

Take a look at this verse. All things work out for those who love God. Maybe not how you expected things to go, but God is working for your good in all things.

Remember that God has a plan for you. Plans that are not to harm you but to give you hope and a future. These things may not be working out how you think they should, but God has so much planned for you. These things are going according to His plan. 

Submit to Him, and trust in Him to know that He will work things out. That greater and better things are ahead. Remember, you have been called according to His purpose.

11. Philippians 4:6 – In Your Doubt, Do Not Be Anxious, But Pray With Gratitude

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6

I can say from experience, it can be hard to go to God when times are hard. I know that is true for many people as well. 

Why is it so hard to go to God when life gets tough? Is it because we feel like we can fix it ourselves? Are we embarrassed? Is it because we don’t want to face what is happening? 

In those moments, it feels more natural to let worry wash us away, doesn’t it? Fear washes over us in a way that makes us feel completely helpless.

But we’re not. We may not get to choose when tough things happen to us but we can always choose how to respond to those situations.

In every situation, we should pray. Even when we are anxious, worried, and scared. Pray and ask Him for help. Ask Him to walk beside us in the hard times. Ask Him to help us with our anxiousness. 

We are not a burden to Him. He wants to hear us and helps us through our times of need. You are not alone and God wants to hear your heart, even when it’s breaking.

12. Philippians 4:13 – You Can Overcome Your Doubt With God’s Strength

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13

I don’t know about you, but this verse empowers me so much. 

“I can do all this through HIM who gives me strength.” 

It takes the pressure off of me. I can’t do all things because I practice them enough. I can’t do all things when I’m strong enough or perfect enough.

I can do all things when I surrender, acknowledge how much I need him, and lean into HIS strength, the One who never fails.

This gives me the courage to go out and conquer whatever lies ahead because I know my God is with me. I know He will give me the strength to overcome whatever is in my way. 

With His strength, I don’t have to fear or doubt because I know I can get through it. I can do it. And I wholeheartedly believe you can too.

13. Matthew 21:18-22 – Have Faith & Do Not Doubt

18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.

20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.

21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Matthew 21:18-22

Reading this verse, especially when you are experiencing doubts about your faith, can feel really scary.

Jesus really wants me to throw myself into the see if I have doubts?

I think that takeaway misses the purpose of this passage. These Bible verses about doubt do include hyperbole (exaggeration not to be taken literally) and are intended to show the disciples the power they will have above and beyond their own strength when they have faith in God.

For more on this topic, this article shares some great points about believing doubt vs unbelieving doubt.

14. Mark 9:21-24 – Help Me Overcome My Unbelief Verse

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Mark 9:21-24

After te last doozy of a verse, this one should come as quite a comfort! When the boy’s father was struggling with his unbelief, his response was to ask Jesus for help to overcome his unbelief.

That is, I believe, the best response we can have to our doubts about God.

Yes, digging into Scripture and history and Bible verses in their context with commentaries is all wonderful, but above all of that, ask Jesus for help.

15. John 20:24-29 – Doubting Thomas Asks Jesus To Show Him The Nail Marks In His Hands

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:24-29

Can you relate to Thomas’ doubts here? I sure can.

As much as I believe we serve a God of miracles, I would want to be 100% sure that it was really the One true Jesus who was standing in front of me after being crucified!

And, don’t skip Jesus’ gentle response here. He knew Thomas was doubting and first offered him peace, then showed him the proof – the nail marks in his hand and the wound on his side – so that Thomas’ doubts would ease and he could know with all certainty that this was really Jesus, risen from the grave.

I think Jesus will offer you the same peace and assurance when you seek Him in your own doubt.

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Oluwafemi

Saturday 23rd of March 2024

Thanks for this wonderful piece. This has added to my faith and clears doubt and unbelievs. Many thanks and may the good Lord increase you richly in wisdom and knowledge.

Many thanks

God's Baby Boy

Friday 3rd of November 2023

Thank you for this. I'm praying while reading through this. I just got a new job and it's due in a few days. I was scared all through the auditions and screening and I kept putting Daddy on it. And He saw me through and I got the Job despite all the candidates. Now I'm to deliver and I just can't produce what I'm paid to do. I've been so scared messing it up. Worried I won't see jobs again. Bothered I'm not up to it and asking why I was given the job. I'll read all the texts here and pray. I know Daddy will coke through for me. I know when I finish my explanation on this story will be a testimony. I know when I finish and send in the Job, it'll be amazing and tge client will love it not because it's my work but because Daddy saw me through it.

Thank you. Ayo. ❤️

Becky

Saturday 4th of November 2023

You are so welcome, Ayo! It is so normal to be scared when you are walking into something new. There are so many question marks and unknowns. It's okay to feel the discomfort and lean into Jesus. You were not created to be perfect. You were created to need a Savior. So, do the best you can and lean into Jesus to fill in all of your gaps. You are going to do great! Let hope and confidence in Christ lead you, not fear and doubt! <3

Isha

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

Thank you. My family is fighting a battle to be together and these were the words i needed to hear. God bless you abundantly. Thank you.

Becky

Monday 11th of July 2022

Thank you so much for your blessings, Isha! May the Lord continue to strengthen your family as you fight this battle to be together.

Kris noom

Thursday 4th of November 2021

I have clung to God's words through my time of unemployment. Thank you for sharing God's words and you personal struggles and fears . I am starting up a new business it has been amazing to see My God going before me to open doors that I could never go through.read isaiah 43;18-19 he is opening stream in the desert. Forget the former things I am doing a new thing don't you see it....thank you for loving God enough to share His mighty word for our lives to draw strength from . May our God bless you . Kris

Becky

Monday 8th of November 2021

Hi Kris! Oh man, I know those fears in starting a new business are so real, but I just got goosebumps reading how God is opening doors and you are moving forward and taking action despite your fears. How exciting!

Patricia Avant

Sunday 19th of September 2021

The Creators words show up just when you need them. Thank you for taking the time to put this list together

I think sometimes it's hard t TURN to The Creator because as HUMANS, in the flesh we need hugs and face to face, we need or want to HEAR touch and FEEL something