Find Comfort in These Bible Verses When You’re Struggling with Anxiety and Stress
My faith has always been something I’ve kept private. I’ve always thought of my relationship with God as very personal and intimate, rather than something I felt the need to share with others. I’ve turned to that relationship countless times, though, as I struggled with my depression and anxiety and I know many of you do that too. Over the years, I’ve found my faith to be one of the most helpful “tools” I use to refocus on the positive in life, and pull myself out from under what I’m struggling with.
Today, I want to share with you one of the passages from the Bible that resonate with me most–and that I turn to first when I need a reminder to take a deep breath . . . and find comfort in God .
I’ll focus primarily on this particular passage, but near the bottom of this post, I’ve also listed a few other verses you may find helpful when you’re struggling.
This passage—which is included in full below—speaks to our anxious thoughts and worries. When life is filled with anxiety and stress, it quickly becomes overwhelming and all-consuming. So how can our relationship with God protect us from becoming completely consumed with our stress? Or our depression? Or our unrelenting anxiety? Or any of the many, many other stressors in our lives?
The verses in this passage serve as a crucial reminder. It’s a reminder we need in the moment we’re struggling. As we become more overwhelmed by stress, we’re reminded of the blessing that is our ability to hand our worries over to God.
Think about it. What is God’s answer to our worry and distress?
Yep, it’s prayer. Prayer! He doesn’t tell us to stay in bed and hide under the covers to avoid our problems, right?
Although I still believe staying in bed and enjoying a bit of solace is exactly what we need occasionally, what God asks us to do when we’re struggling—is to pray. To have a conversation with him, and to hand over our worries and stress to him. We’re asked to allow him to take on that burden for us, rather than becoming consumed with the negativity and overwhelm of them.
“The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5) And because he is near, He provides us with peace and comfort. We’re reminded to let that peace and comfort renew us—not only emotionally, but physically as well.
We’re also reminded to think less of ourselves and the negativity surrounding us, and focus instead on our blessings, and our gratitude for those blessings. So much of what surrounds us deserves our recognition and appreciation. (Philippians 4:8) None of, which, comes naturally to many of us.
That’s why I love this passage. I know God surrounds me, and I know God loves me. But, sometimes–especially when I’m spiraling in a depressive episode–I need to be reminded of His willingness to share my burdens.
You’ll find the full passage below, along with several other helpful bible verses.
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Other Helpful Bible Verses
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
“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.”
1 PETER 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
There are many, many verses in the Bible that provide us with comfort when we struggle. Head down to the comments and let me know some of your favorites. Which ones do you turn to?
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