8 Bible Verses to Ease Your Anxiety

February 26, 2020

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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11 replies on “This is SO Important: a Short Devotional from Daniel Fusco”

He wonderful message. In light of all we do when we get busy and hurrying around worrying about things I may not be so important. We forget that love is the answer.says:

He wonderful message. In light of all we do when we get busy and hurrying around worrying about things I may not be so important. We forget that love is the answer.

This word of encouragement couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. Thank you Jesus

May God continue to bless you I know I was extremely inspired with faith and love through this reading.

I received the Lighting The Way Home Family Bible from a very dear friend of mine for my 76th Birthday. She knows that I love Thomas Kinkade art work and that the Bible is a very important part of my life. This is a treasure to me and is beautiful. Daniel Fusco’s short message is important and will be printed and inserted in my Bible. I do not believe in accidents, I believe God’s hand is on our lives and blesses us with beautiful gifts. This Bible is truly a blessing.

Thank God for using you to send me this very important message. While I was stuck in the relationship with my kid, I forgot what really maters is “Love”,and love only.

I felt ashamed for blaming my child and urging to make must-to-do lists for her.
But now,I am so thankful. Wondering how lucky I am to be loved by God the Father.

All we need is love.

This is so me. I needed this. I’m participating in our church fast we do at the beginning of ea he year and this one has been a struggle. Thank you for this message.

Yes, indeed you are a great teacher. Your devotional word touched my life this morning. I pray that I will deepen my relationship with God this 2021. I wished you could visit our church in Africa one of these days with this great teaching. God bless you man of God. Continue the good work

Yes, sometimes we tends to get involved into the worldly things. But we totally forget what John said he started by saying “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”. John also spoke about God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son …..

Lord please fill me with your love and love for all people please let my motivations and decisions aligns with yours. Thank you God for everything.

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