What causes anxiety?
We live in a world that gives us many reasons to be anxious. If you flip on the TV, the global news is filled with stories of war, natural disaster, and the latest developments in the pandemic. Meanwhile, in our personal lives, many of us deal with broken relationships, financial instability, and health concerns. On top of all this, our daily lives at school or work are filled with appointments, tests, deadlines, and the unspoken pressure not to mess up.
It’s no wonder anxiety is a problem!
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a type of fear rooted in the belief that God won’t take care of us. If traumatic things have occurred in our lives, it’s easy to feel like God didn’t provide help when we needed it. As a result, the future may feel scary and overwhelming.
The Bible never promises that bad things won’t happen to us in this life, but it does promise that God will be with us in the midst of suffering, and it promises that He will give us comfort and peace in any circumstance.
What does the Bible say about anxiety?
The Bible talks about anxiety quite frequently. The psalmists often detail their agony as they seek God in dark times. In 2 Corinthians 11:26-29, Paul describes the immense stress he’s been under in his ministry. And throughout the gospels, Jesus encounters many people who are anxious about one thing or another.
If you struggle with anxiety, know this: God is a God of peace, and He wants to give His peace to you.
Below are 10 Bible verses on anxiety, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Start with these ones, and then read more to see what the Bible says about anxiety.
10 Bible Verses On Anxiety
Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.
1 Peter 5:6-8
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Hebrews 13: 5-6
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Matthew 6: 25-36
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me (Jesus).
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God knows that humans get anxious…
That’s why He’s given us so much encouragement in the Bible! When we feel anxious, God promises us that He is near. He tells us that we can trust Him to take care of us.
Of course, trusting God is easier said than done. The path away from anxiety and into trust requires surrender over and over again.
If you’re looking for ways to deepen your trust in God, reading the Bible is so important! Did any of the above verses stand out to you? If so, write that verse out and put it in a place where you’ll see it every day. Read it often. Memorize it. Say it out loud when you feel anxious. Incorporate it into your prayers!
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”