10 Verses to Read When Anxiety Strikes

10 Verses to Read When Anxiety Strikes

It is so easy to feel anxious, worried, overwhelmed, or just out of control in our lives. Many things around us cause us to stress or fear, and everywhere we turn, it seems like more bad news pops up.

How do we live in this world, but not be of it, like Scripture tells us? How do we open ourselves up to love ourselves, our neighbors, our world, and our God well without becoming burdened by all the hurt and the brokenness? How do we continue to seek Christ when everything seems to be crashing down or falling apart?

In my own times of stress or anxiety, I've found the Word of God to be the one true place I can find peace. I know that it is only in him that I can remember my true identity and can be restored to new life again.

It's tempting when fear arises to run to things we think will comfort us, but nothing in the world will be able to bring us the comfort that Christ can. He can feel distant at times, especially when I'm feeling anxiety begin to overwhelm me, but reading the truth of the Bible reminds me that he is always near to the brokenhearted and close to those in need. I'm reminded that he has always been faithful, that he will still be faithful even now, and that he will be faithful in the future, no matter what might arise or come my way.

I've chosen 10 verses from throughout both the Old and the New Testaments that I've personally found to be comforting in my own anxious moments, and I pray that they are a balm to your soul as you read them. I encourage you to meditate on these verses individually, to pray through their words several times, and to sit with them long enough to truly let the words seep into your soul. Don't rush through these words, but savor their truth and worship Christ as you read his words of love and comfort.

1. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Ph. 4:7

The Holy Spirit brings peace to our minds that surpasses all of our understanding-- we just need to first surrender our fear and our worries to him. Bring your heartache to the Lord in prayer and trust in his goodness and faithfulness.