Our world is one that, despite our best intentions, planning, and hopes, doesn’t easily yield to us. The unpredictable can happen. This and other external factors such as stress from school, work, finances, personal relationships, emotional or other kinds of trauma can all cause us anxiety.
Anxiety can also stem from world events such as a pandemic or as a side effect of taking certain medications. Some people can have anxiety that is so debilitating that it interferes with everyday life and tasks.
Such anxieties may be attached to certain places or scenarios and are so intense that they are out of proportion to the actual danger, become difficult to control, and can last a long time. These intense, persistent, and excessive worries and fears reach the level of being a disorder that requires treatment by a trained mental health professional.
For most people, however, it’s normal to feel a little anxiety from everyday occurrences such as the things mentioned already, and we can usually work through the feelings of unease, quickened breathing, rapid heartbeat, and other physiological signs of anxiety to get our work or other responsibilities done. When anxiety sets in it helps to remember that there is both a bigger picture and a love that is stronger than our fears holding us close and is guiding us through life.
The Bible is a very practical book – it addresses the lives, questions, and fears of everyday folks with wisdom that reorients our perspective so that we see beyond the fear that can so easily cripple us. We may not live in the agrarian culture of much of the Bible, but even in the 21st Century, we can still relate to the all-too-human concerns of worry about our kids, future, jobs, finances, our health, losing friends, our relationships and so much more.
Bible Verses About Not Worrying
Below is a list of Bible verses about not worrying, challenging us to look in trust to the God who has all in hand. These verses acknowledge that we tend to worry. It helps to know that we are not alone in our struggles, that someone understands us, and that our concerns matter to God.
They remind us what worry does to us, urging us to avoid it for the sake of our peace; while others proceed to tell us more about God, and why God’s presence should encourage us when we’re facing challenges. Still others provide instruction on what to do about worry in a life-giving way, rather than causing the worry to fester and grow more potent.
My prayer is that as you read through these Bible verses about not worrying, you’d hear the voice of God whispering to your heart, reminding you afresh of important truths as you are drawn into and swept away by the unfathomable love God has for us. We were not meant to live in fear, and so I hope hearing God’s voice will help you to experience anew the glorious freedom that God has in store for us.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. – Proverbs 12:25
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. – Psalm 23:1-4
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4
Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. – Psalm 55:22
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. – Psalm 94:19
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. – Psalm 139:16
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. – Jeremiah 17:7-8
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. – Jeremiah 29:11-12
So, don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:34
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? – Luke 12:25
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid. – John 14:27
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? – Romans 8:31
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. – Colossians 3:15
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:7
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
These verses are a few of many scattered across the Old and New Testaments that testify to a singular truth – God is good, and we are safe in God’s hands. Often, we worry because things are outside our control, and we desperately desire for things to be under our control.
We have a strict timetable for when we want things to happen, and when that timetable fails, it induces the stress and anxiety we are all so familiar with. When things are not neatly under our control, we worry about the outcome, wondering whether we, our families, our financial, and other interests will be okay. We get agitated and want to do something, anything, to get the outcome we desire.
Looking at these Bible verses about not worrying that reflect many contexts, many lives, many areas of concern across hundreds of years, we see that over and over God proves faithful, and God cares for us deeply. God sees it all – none of what we go through surprises him, but he asks us to trust him. We may go through hardships, those dark valleys, and periods of drought, but through it, God sustains us and has a plan to get us through it.
Instead of worrying about our circumstances, whatever they may be, God urges us to give those worries and burdens to him because he cares for us. Instead of being heavily laden, he asks us to take a load off and rest in his loving care. Often, our worry only serves to multiply itself – it adds nothing to our lives and just takes away from our joy, thankfulness, and peace. We are better off placing our worries in His hands through prayer and allowing His peace to reign in us.
Christian Counseling for Anxiety
If you’d like more support for your anxiety beyond these Bible verses about not worrying, feel free to contact me or one of the other counselors in the counselor directory. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss how you can overcome your anxiety and learn coping techniques to enjoy a more peaceful life.
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