Life can be downright scary, and sometimes it’s hard not to worry about things beyond our control, whether it’s getting that plum job or whether the person you love will love you in return.
Sometimes our worries are more critical—will he survive surgery? Will we have enough food in the pantry until payday? Will that lump turn out to be cancer?
But Scripture tells us repeatedly we are not to worry. Instead, we are to put our trust and hope in God, to lay our fears at His feet and have true peace in our hearts that God will provide no matter the outcome.
Still, doubts creep in. We fear the unknown, and we think somehow our anxieties will hold those proverbial monsters at bay, as if worrying hard enough will make us stronger—as if we, not God, are in control. At times, we worry so much we cannot even find the joy in the struggle or pause long enough to worship God because we’re so consumed by fear.
It’s a vicious cycle, but the Bible offers a way out.
Here are 11 scriptures to remember and pray over when your worries get out of control:
1. Matthew 6:25-26 (NIV) “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
Jesus’s words remind us that God cares for us and knows our deepest needs. He will provide.
2. Isaiah 43:1-3b “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
This empowering verse reminds us that we belong to God, and He will be with us in all things.
3. Psalm 121:1-2 “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.”
When we worry or doubt, all we need to do is look to God and remember He always takes care of us.
4. Hebrews 13:6b “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Our earthly life is temporary, but God gives us eternal life in heaven forever.
5. Luke 12:25 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”
Worrying accomplishes nothing. Faith in God, however, leads to a life transformed.
6. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
We don’t know the big picture, but God does. Trust that He will take care of you.
7. Philippians 4:6-7 “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.”
When we are worried, the right response is to go to the Lord in prayer. Not only will He listen to us, but He will also provide great peace when we surrender our concerns to him.
8. Matthew 11:28-30 “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.”
When we are burdened with stress, fear, or anxiety, we should go Jesus and attempt to live like him, a way that offers peace and rest.
9. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
God’s love isn’t like the world’s fickle affections. Rest secure in the knowledge that you are a child of God and deeply loved.
10. Jeremiah 29:11 “‘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.’”
God has a plan, even if we cannot see it. Trust in Him.
11. Psalm 46:10 “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”
When chaos swirls all around us, it’s a wonderful thing to stop and realize the one great constant is the Lord. He is the great I Am, now and forever.
Do you have a favorite verse during your own times of worry? Share in the comments below!