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20 Bible Verses About Anxiety and Depression You Need to Read

Faith, Art, writing and learning are Tim’s passions. Tim loves working in education. He has a BS in Psychology from Albright College.

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There is a certain stigma in our society about people who suffer through bouts of anxiety and depression. This is the reason many people suffer in silence because they do not want to deal with answering questions about their suffering. On the other side is the fear of being labeled mentally I’ll.

I never like to admit it to myself but I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for over 34 years. When I turned my life over to the Lord I thought my anxiety and depression would just go away.

I guess you could say for the most part it has but every so often anxiety rears its ugly head. These past years of the pandemic have not helped with my depression nor has it quieted my anxiety. If anything it has increased my anxiety levels.

As I always do when I need to seek advice on an issue I turn to God’s Word. Here are 20 Bible verses I’ve turned to when I need help to understand and deal with my anxiety and fears. My hope is these verses will also give you comfort and peace when you need to quiet your heart.

Old Testament Verses

This is not an exhaustive list of Old Testament verses on dealing with your fears. There are many, many more, The verses selected offer an insight into where you need to turn in those times unbearable and seemingly unending fear and depressio.

Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

A small verse in Psalm 56 reminds us when our hearts are troubled we need to put our trust in the only one who can ease our fear, God.”

Isaiah 41:10, “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 40:31, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

This verse is a constant reminder we do not walk alone in our battles in this world but alongside a God who is there to hold us up no matter what happens.

Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Another Psalm which tells you to not try to take your cares and bottle them up but release them to the Lord so he can help you work through them.

Psalm 27:1, “Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Often times when you struggle with anxiety and depression you feel like you struggle alone which isn’t true because when you call on God he is always there.

Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 27:1, “Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”

Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

New Testament Verses

Like the Old Testament the New Testament is full of verses on where to find solace in those times of anxiety and fear. There are also verses which are reminders of what makes the hearty truly happy. Here are 10 of those verses.

Philippians 4:6-7, “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.”

The go to verse in the Bible on anxiety is Philippians 4:6-7. It reminds us to have a peaceful heart and mind we must take our cares to God and trust in Him to give us rest. While this is hard to do at times you still must acknowledge out loud

John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Another verse which is a reminder of where true peace lies.

John 16:23, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

© 2022 Timothy Whitt

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