15 Biblical Verses To Help Calm Your Worries

"Let not your hearts be troubled."

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We all worry. We feel insecure on the job, we fear for our kids’ futures, we’re concerned about our health — and about our ability to pay for our healthcare — not to mention the mortgage and the car payments. The experts have a host of possible solutions, of course. Meditation, yoga, psychotherapy, anti-anxiety medications—they all have their place, and more and more Americans have been embracing them as a way to cope. People of faith take advantage of these approaches as well, but they have another vital source of support: the Bible.

Scripture addresses the subject of worry throughout the Old and New Testaments. We can only imagine the stresses experienced by the people of Israel as they escaped from servitude in Egypt and wandered in the wilderness in search of the land that God had promised to them. And the disciples of Jesus must have lived in terror of the Roman authorities; so did Paul and the members of the early church, who faced persecution on a daily basis. The message of the Bible to the worriers in its pages and to believers today is utterly consistent: God is our rock and our refuge, ever available to give us the strength we need to survive the stresses of our lives. If you’re facing difficult, anxiety-filled days, spend some time with the 15 Bible verses about worry on the pages that follow.

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Matthew 6:27-28

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

The Good News: Worrying accomplishes nothing but making you miserable — put your trust in the Lord.

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John 14:1-3

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

The Good News: Jesus assures us that we are ever in his care, now and forever.

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Psalm 6:2-4

“Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord — how long? Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.”

The Good News: God’s steadfast love is ever available to strengthen us in times of trouble.

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Luke 24:38-39

“And he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’”

The Good News: The risen Lord calls us to take heart and rely on our faith to support us.

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Isaiah 35:4

“Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’”

The Good News: Cast aside your fears — the Lord is with you.

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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.”

The Good News: The peace of the Lord far surpasses any assurances the world can give; rest comfortable in that knowledge.

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Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

The Good News: If your faith is strong, there is nothing that can shake you.

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Matthew 6:25-26

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

The Good News: God knows your needs and will never forsake you.

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Psalm 18:6

“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.”

The Good News: God always hears your cries and will never forsake you.

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Psalm 59:16

“But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.”

The Good News: When worries threaten to become too much for you, let God be your rock and your source of comfort.

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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.”

The Good News: Don’t let worries about the future overwhelm you; turn to the Lord for support in the present.

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2 Chronicles 15:3-4

“For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them.”

The Good News: God has answered the petitions of the faithful from time immemorial, ever since his covenant with the people of Israel.

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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 Good News: Prayer is an ever-sure means to open your heart to God and receive His blessing.

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Luke 12:28-30

“But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.”

The Good News: Let your mind be at ease, God’s love surrounds you.

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Psalm 118:5-6

“Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

The Good News: If God is on your side, the fears of this world can never overwhelm you.

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