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8 Bible Verses to Ease Your Anxiety

Diagnoses of anxiety have risen sharply in recent years, but the problem is anything but a modern epidemic. In fact, anxiety is one of the very oldest of human afflictions. The first recorded cases can be traced to the moment Adam and Eve discovered that they were naked and exposed to God (see Genesis 3:10). Many of the best-known people in Scripture experienced bouts of anxiety. Perhaps that’s why God filled His Word with wisdom that speaks to our anxious spirits.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by circumstances or struggling with feelings of anxiety, spend some time in the following passages. You may find the comfort and assurance you need to ease your anxious spirit.

Psalm 139:13

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).

No one knows more about the inner workings of your mind and emotions than God does. Spending quiet time with Him on a daily basis will go a long way toward easing an anxious mind.

Matthew 6:25-27

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Matthew 6:25–27).

The source of your anxiety, whatever it is, matters dearly to God. You can leave it to Him. If you need evidence of that, look up and around you. God cares for the birds of the air—the robins, the hummingbirds, even the vultures. Humans have greater value to Him than birds do, so how much more will He pay attention to your needs?

Joshua 1: 5-6

I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage” (Joshua 1:5–6).

God doesn’t promise to shield us from situations that make us anxious. He doesn’t promise to make worrisome circumstances go away. Instead, He promises to accompany us through every anxiety-ridden situation we face. He gives us the courage, strength, and endurance we need to overcome our anxiety, one battle at a time.

Psalm 13:5

But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation” (Psalm 13:5).

After crying out to God in anguish, David acknowledges the Lord’s power and plan. Follow his example and place your trust in God, even when anxious thoughts and worries cause you to feel less than trusting.

Matthew 11:28

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Anxiety is a heavy burden to carry, so heavy that sometimes it takes all your emotional strength not to buckle under its weight. That can leave you weakened, unable to deal with other responsibilities. Instead of trying to shoulder the burden of anxiety alone, take up the Lord on His offer. Give Him everything that makes you apprehensive or worried. Exchange your heavy load for His rest and peace of mind.

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7).

Prayer is the most effective weapon we have. No anxiety is too severe for God to handle. No worry is too insignificant for Him to care about. If something affects us or robs us of our joy, God wants us to share it with Him. He wants to counteract it with His peace.

1 Peter 5:7

“[Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Anxiety is baggage. The more we struggle with it, the heavier it becomes. Trying to carry it alone is exhausting. We may be able to handle it for a while. We may even be able to convince others that we’re not overly exerting ourselves. Eventually, though, the effort will wear us out. Instead of exhausting our own limited strength, why don’t we give our anxieties to someone who can handle them? Not only is Jesus glad to accept them, but He knows exactly what to do with them.

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

When you see people struggling with anxiety, take time to walk alongside them and provide comfort and peace during their volatile moments. Show them how to give their anxiety to God. Talk about your own experiences with giving your burdens to Him. Let them know that they aren’t alone.

Likewise, when you struggle with anxiety, let someone else help you bear your burdens. Turn to other believers with your struggle. Be open and honest about what you’re experiencing. Don’t hesitate to ask others for assistance. After all, we’re all part of the same body.

 

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25 comments on “8 Bible Verses to Ease Your Anxiety

  1. Shila says:

    This is so helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. EDITH Kivumbi says:

    God bless you so much for the Bible exposition. I have been blessed.

  3. Ana Mayra Collado says:

    I love this verse.. I think it goes along with these as well! “The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/111/psa.121.7-8.niv

  4. Louis says:

    Much encouraged…

  5. Trina Ware says:

    God directed me to this page this morning. I needed this

  6. Thank you for this. I don’t even remembering signing up for Nelson Bibles emails but the Lord knew I needed this. I have seen the Lord do amazing things in my life but too often like the children of Israel I somehow forget my “Red Sea crossing” moments. My wife and I are missionaries and we have rent due today. We can’t pay it apart from God. He has been stretching our faith, it has been a prayer of ours, as we want to see Him do great things. In Mark 6:5-6 it says, “So He could not perform any miracles there, except to lay His hands on a few of the sick and heal them. And He was amazed at their unbelief.” So today He is stretching our faith. I have always been like Moses at the bush, “why God, really, me?” So I have often been anxious. Today I felt the anxiety coming on and asked the Lord for help. He sent me an email from Nelson Bibles. Praise the Lord for His unique and wonderful ways.

    1. Robin child of God says:

      Do you still need help?

  7. Rev. Audrey Kimbrough says:

    I have a coworker who is experiencing panic attacks and I prayed this evening for God to guide me to help her and I received this on my version. God is so amazing. He is so faithful.

  8. Prince Motsumi says:

    I read this article at 3am in the mornin.. I couldn’t sleep and I just casually opened my emails and the Almighty God directed me to Nelson Bible email.. I have been much encouraged.. Thank you!.. and God bless..

  9. Laura Salch says:

    A few years ago, my counselor challenged me to go through the Bible and find a few verses which addressed FEAR, one of my biggest problems. I was to write them down on cards and read them through prayerfully each day for 40 days. She stipulated that if I skipped any days, I had to start over again at day one! I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but I did. The idea was to re-train my brain (she actually called it “re-parenting”) to react in faith rather than in fear. It really helped. I’m sure it would work for other issues as well.
    I think her instructions were to find 5-10 passages, but of course, there are so many verses about fear that I ended up with 20 cards or so, and they were all important to me. I recommend this exercise, and here are eight passages about anxiety to get you started. If you need more, or need passages addressing different issues, I recommend using a website such as biblegateway.com to look up passages easily. G-d bless you today!

  10. Jennifer Loving says:

    Great blog! Really needed this.

  11. Dee Gilbert says:

    I had just gotten off the phone with some ladies involved in women’s ministry with military spouses, and the Lord brought to mind the comforting words of Jesus in Matt. 11:28. Then I saw this email from you and there were all these powerful scriptures about anxiety. Wow, talk about God’s perfect timing. Thank you!

  12. Zipporah kaara says:

    God bless you so much for this encouragement am blessed will cast all my cares to God

  13. Deborah says:

    Our God is faithful and just. These verses comes to me at the right time when my mind is floating in worries. But because God knows his sheep and he will never leave his children to perish in this troublesome world. May God continue to give you the wisdom and power to share his word Nelson Bibles.

  14. Inarastandley says:

    Very good words of encouragement. I Also think reading and meditating on Psalms 91will be of help too. Thanks

  15. Alexandria says:

    Isaiah 61:3 is a good encouragement and prayer for anxiety and depression

  16. Paulus says:

    The LORD is good this was exactly what I needed to hear wow to be honest I don’t know how but what I do know is this is not by accident HEAVENLY FATHER knows wow I’ve experienced alot lately God always comes through THANK YOU ALL PRAISES HONORE AND GLORY BELONGS TO YOU AMEN

  17. jeremy says:

    Thank you so much for these encouraging scriptures and notes I wish I would have read them sooner.

  18. Peter Hipwell says:

    This came at the right time God bless you. This is amazing and thank you for this, it has been a blessing to me and i have been able to share this with someone else who has been facing similar issues.Thank you all those who have shared in this Blog God bless you all

  19. Sherrie says:

    Woke up to see this email and it was exactly what I needed. God is always on time. Thank you everyone for sharing.

  20. Vicky A White says:

    This came across my news feed at the perfect time. I really needed this.

  21. Albert says:

    This is indeed a powerful lesson. I ‘m more encouraged by the way and It’s had opened my mind. I was blessed. Thank you God bless

  22. Gift kaunda says:

    This is a powerful message
    Thank you so much God bless you

  23. OkpulorDC says:

    Thanks so much. How great it’s to take encourage in the LORD regardless of circumstances! The knowing that it takes trial to refine patient that birth perfection at end all storm call for joy when storm is encounter: for in our weak moment HIS STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT. That’s perfection is a must desire for every genuine believer. Therefore, in trial count it all joy as Apostle James admonishes in James 1. Thy Kingdom come is PERFECTION of HIS STRENGTH as all form of anxiety pave way. Am encouraged, thanks! Peace and grace be to all that genuinely love our Lord Jesus Christ, amen!

  24. Debbie Stuard says:

    God has also put on my heart this morning, Psalm 46 and especially verse 10… “Be still and know that I am God…”. God has stilled the whole world and yet people will not acknowledge that He is God. People have turned from Him in idolatry and He has put every idol under his foot in the wake of this virus. How long and to what end will it take to turn our hearts to Him in repentance? Read the entire Chapter of 46 and it will also comfort your anxiety. Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ for His everlasting mercy, love, and comfort.

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