MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.
Health experts agree that negative thoughts can increase our worry. Even if there is truth in those negative thoughts, it is best to decide on a plan for self-improvement, better performance or anything that establishes a positive perspective. While we work on our plan, our worry diminishes if we focus on encouraging thoughts.
Here are six great Bible verses to help ease the worry when the stresses of life become burdensome. Meditating on them will lead us from anxiety to assurance, from fear to faith, from panic to peace as we continue the journey. Start with a time out.
(1) Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! - Psalm 46:10 [NKJV]
Hear the Almighty God saying:
"Time out! Put off your worrying and fretting over the complexities of life, and think about Me for a while.
- Know that I am the final authority over all the authoritative powers on earth.
- Know that I am the source of the strength you need to cope.
- Know that recognizing Me and trusting Me is the best first step you can take, to help reduce stress when life’s pressures begin to overwhelm you.
Be still, let these thoughts sink in. Let them influence you all day long."
(2) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7
The Amplified Version renders the verse: Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary adds: “Cast all your care; personal cares, family cares, cares for the present, and cares for the future, for yourselves, for others, for the church, on God. These are burdensome, and often very sinful, when they arise from unbelief and distrust, when they torture and distract the mind, unfit us for duties, and hinder our delight in the service of God.”
“You do not have to walk the whole distance with your bundle of cares and lay it down gently,” says the old country preacher. “Just get in sight of the cross, and throw it from a distance.”
(3) He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. - Isaiah 40: 29 [See also Psalm 29:11]
Because God’s strength is never exhausted, He has a continual supply for those who need it. When we feel weak and tired (physically or mentally), it is a reminder to get a refill. At such times, let us not concentrate on how weak we are, but rather on how powerful God is.
He can refuel us through prayer, praise and worship, meditation on the Word, or encouragement from a friend (among other ways).
The Amplified Version of the Scripture text adds that God increases strength “causing it to multiply and making it to abound.”
(4) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28
- First, we have to know. It is a given fact, and we must know it intuitively until we know it experientially.
- Secondly, “all things” means all things—underscoring “all” in the verse above.
- Thirdly, it works for those who love God. In the midst of life’s stresses, it is instinctive to turn to someone we love. Let God be our first choice to call with our burdens. Don't make Him an afterthought.
- In The Joshua Code, O. S. Hawkins explains it this way: “I would not like to sit down for a meal and eat a bowl of baking soda. In and of itself, baking soda is distasteful. Nor would I look forward to eating a nice serving of flour. However, put them together, add a few other ingredients, stir them up, put them in the oven, and they turn into biscuits. . . All things, not necessarily in and of themselves, but when worked together in the tapestry of the cross, come out for our good and for God’s glory. . . Yes, all things are working together for our good at this very moment.”
(5) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. - Romans 12: 21
Sometimes our stress may seem to result from our interaction with other people: the inattentive husband, the delinquent child, the noisy neighbor, the undependable fellow worker. We may be tempted to punish or seek revenge; but tit for tat does not reduce stress. It can invite other negative feelings like resentment and guilt.
When people offend us, rather than assume the role of the “conquered” by planning revenge, it is wiser to become “conquerors” by forgiving our offenders and returning acts of kindness. We get the greater benefit of doing good to and for others.
(6) In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. - John 16: 33
This statement by Christ is in His final message to His followers. He validates our stress: the world is full of trouble. As long as we are alive our inner peace will be threatened, but despite that fact, we can choose to be cheerful and confident.
He lived within a system which was hostile to Him. He maintained His relationship with His Father and endured. For us who make Him the Lord of our lives, not only do we have His example; we share in His victory over the world. His joy, His peace and His strength are ours when we abide in Him.
Abide in Him and take heart!
All Scripture quotations are from the New International Version unless stated otherwise.
© 2013 Dora Weithers