My middle school geography teacher used to always tell us that it’s not our problems that weigh on us but how we choose to handle them.
At the time, my pre-teen brain wasn’t exactly in the mind space to understand the complexities of stress and anxiety. I mean, back then, my biggest focuses were rollerblading, soccer and going to the mall with friends.
When anxiety-ridden, debilitating moments creep into your life, allow the Bible to remind you that He is always close and always faithful.
Oh, the joys of middle school!
However, as time progressed, and life caught up with me, I realized the value in my former teacher’s advice, and his wisdom proved right.
It’s so easy to succumb to anxious emotions or feel overwhelmed and out of control. Between health issues, financial woes, relationship problems, work stressors and several other issues, big and small, no one is exempt from trials and tribulations. We all face them at one point or another.
Although we may not be exempt from the problems of the world, we are certainly equipped to deal with each pitfall, thanks to God’s Word.
When life doesn’t seem to make sense, and everything feels like it’s crashing down, Scripture tells us not to lose hope, feed our fears or turn to hatred. In a world where uncertainty is constant, the Word of God remains the only permanent source of strength, restoration and peace. When anxiety-ridden, debilitating moments creep into your life, allow the Bible to remind you that He is always close and always faithful.
When life doesn’t seem to make sense, and everything feels like it’s crashing down, Scripture tells us not to lose hope, feed our fears or turn to hatred.
The following five verses are personal favorites, all of which bring an unprecedented level of peace into my life. I pray that these five verses bring comfort to your most anxious moments, and I encourage you to recite these verses, meditate on each word and allow all five scriptures to penetrate your heart and mind until you feel a new place of relief and joy.
- “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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” (Philippians 4:6-7).
- “‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
- “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:1-6).
- “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22).