God’s word for the anxious: Bible verses about Anxiety

God’s word for the anxious: Bible verses about Anxiety August 5, 2013

Anxiety is something many struggle with. As with other conditions the best way to handle this is to tackle it on multiple fronts. Today I want to share some Scripture that will help in the fight against this pernicious enemy. Remember these verses are not a magic wand, instead holding on to these promises is a lifetimes work. I have written elsewhere on anxiety as a medical condition, and for some anxiety seems to have almost a mind of its own.  Even for such people consistent use of the Scriptures below can prove beneficial over months and years. What does the Bible say about anxiety?

Anxiety is a real problem, and can be countered by helpful words

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.
(Proverbs 12:25).

Anxiety can be handed over to God in prayer

…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you
(1 Peter 5:7).

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:5–7).

God’s love and choice of us should banish anxiety

You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:9–10.

God is on our side, so why worry?

Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
Isaiah 35:3–4.

God will provide for us so why worry?

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

. . . therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble
(Matthew 6:26–34).

My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus
(Philippians 4:19).

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