It’s extremely easy to let worry consume our lives. Our finances, jobs, relationships, and health concerns can consume a lot of worry-space in our hearts and minds if we let them. Anxiety disorders are among some of the most common mental health concerns in the United States, affecting over forty million adults. Worry has a way of making us feel like we must face everything in life on our own and can manifest itself in many ways.
Although worry looms large and can sometimes seem impossible to avoid, as believers in Christ we have a powerful hope and surpassing peace to which we can cling. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. God gave us His Word as an anchor for our souls, a way for us to grab hold of Him and His truth as a means of coping with worry.
10 Bible Verses about Coping with Worry
Let’s consider ten Bible verses about coping with worry so we can replace our anxiety with the peace and truth of Christ.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7
At the root of all worry is the fear that we won’t be able to survive or handle what we face. When circumstances are out of our control and we are forced to face the unknown, worry and fear can grip us tightly. But God’s Word tells us that fear does not come from God! He gives us power, love, and self-discipline, or as other translations say, a sound mind.
Our mind can only be sound if we work to uproot the fear and worry and replace it with the truth of Who God is. God is love and, in His goodness, He gives us His love and power so we can stand in His strength and face with boldness the storms we face.
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
The word “dismay” is defined as distress that is typically caused by something unexpected. The reality is that each day is full of unexpected things. None of us can see the future and what lies ahead. The only thing we can do is remember that God is with us, and that truth is enough to get us through.
God promises to not only be with us, but to strengthen, help, and uphold us. We can lay our worries at the Lord’s feet knowing that we are never alone and that He is always there to help us when we need it.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. – Exodus 14:14
We’ve all been in seasons and situations where we have felt helpless. Maybe it’s been a medical diagnosis that we just didn’t feel we had the strength to fight. Or perhaps it was a friend or acquaintance that slandered us, and we didn’t know how to battle the hurt while still bringing glory to Christ.
God promises to fight our battles for us. It’s our job to surrender our worry regarding the situation and ask the Lord what He is requiring of us. No matter what, He is always working and fighting on our behalf. We can rest in that truth and find peace knowing that God is for us.
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. – Psalm 119:76
This is a great Bible verse about coping wtih worry to memorize and recite to ourselves in times when we feel deeply troubled or anxious. There’s a two-part promise in this Psalm to which we can cling. First, God promises that His love is unfailing, which means that it is without fault or error.
Second, the Lord gives us the promise that His love will comfort those who serve Him. If we are followers and lovers of Christ, then we have total access to God’s unfailing, comforting love. When we have moments of anxiety or worry, we must remember that God’s love covers us, our circumstances, and all others involved.
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. – Zephaniah 3:17
God is with us, living among us and within us. We could never outrun His presence and He constantly encircles us. The Lord is a mighty savior who takes great delight in us, His children. He chooses to take away our fears with the joy of His love, replacing it with the peace that can only come from the truth of knowing Who He is.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. – Psalm 107:28-29
Sometimes, our worry can overwhelm us to the point where we feel like we are drowning. It can be difficult to see past the anxiety and the circumstances we face to the truth of Who God is. But God saves! And when we remember to call out to Him, He is quick to come to our rescue.
The Lord will free us from our distress, still the storm to a whisper, and hush the waves if we choose to trust and cry out to Him. He is always with us, waiting with an outstretched hand to offer us a lifeline.
But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1
We were created and formed by the very hands of God. And the One who created us commands us not to fear because we belong to Him. When our identity is rooted in Who Christ is, it doesn’t matter what comes our way, because all that we need we have in the Lord. That is something that nothing or no one could ever take from us.
We belong to Christ, and He continually gives us Himself without hesitation. When we stand firm in who we are in Christ, no amount of worry can take us down.
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
Beholding God’s presence with us is enough to pull us from our worry-dazed minds and grab hold of the surpassing peace that awaits us. To be strong and courageous is a command that God gives to each of us, but we can only be this way if we get what we need from the Lord.
Only He can supply the strength and courage required to walk through our difficult seasons, so we must prioritize our relationship with God so we are sensitive to His presence and can remember the truth of His Word when we are tempted to be afraid.
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 dark valleys of life will come, and when they do, God promises to be with us and to be our source of comfort. Worrying won’t change our circumstances but trusting the Lord with our worries will change our hearts. We are given a heavenly perspective when we choose to look up from our anxiety and place our eyes on the Lord.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
These were some of Jesus’ final words to His disciples as He departed from the earth and ascended to heaven. He promised that we would face trouble in this world and that just because we believe in Him doesn’t mean we will always get the outcome we desire. But there’s hope.
Jesus tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world. To overcome something means to overpower, defeat, or prevail. Jesus, when He died on the cross to save the world, defeated and overpowered fear, worry, and anxiety. In its place, is love, peace, joy, and the hope of Christ!
An Invitation to Rest and Recover
Coping with worry can be exhausting and can zap the life right out of us if left unchecked. God doesn’t want us to live a life of anxiety, constantly battle-weary and weighed down with worry. Instead, He calls us to Himself to lay down our worry so we can live a life of peace.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30
God is inviting us to rest and recover in Him. He’s calling us to lay down our worries at His feet so we can experience His gentle, tender love. And what better way to rest than in God’s Word? These 10 Bible verses about coping with worry that we unpacked today are a perfect place to run to.
We understand that even though God’s Word is powerful, alive, and active, it can still be difficult to not be consumed with worry or anxiety. If you would like to seek additional support beyond these Bible verses about not worrying, please contact me or one of our counselors in the online counselor directory. We would love to discuss practical techniques for coping with worry and anxiety from a Biblical perspective.
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