The Bible is the most resourceful tool we can use when we are worried or anxious. Even though we know who is ultimately in control, it is human nature to worry. We all want see things turn out good. We want to control situations to work the way we think they should work. We are ‘fixers’ when things turn out differently, huh? Uncertainty stresses us out and we run through all the not so good scenarios, or the ‘what-if’s’.
Am I right?
When we worry in situations we have no control over, it affects our health. We lose sleep, build body tension, become irritable, and more. For me, when I am consumed with anxiety – no one wants to be around me. Is that the same with you?
The best thing I have found to do when I am consumed with worry is to go to the Bible and see how God comforts the many that face adversities throughout His Word. It helps me to stay focused on what I am in control of and be present in the moment I am in. His word reassures me that I am not the only one struggling with uncertainty and that whether good or bad comes from the situation that I am worried about – I have to embrace it. I can use it in whatever way to make me a better person with a better future. I know this because the Bible tells me that “all things God works for the good of those who love him…” Romans 8:28
Here are some scripture that we can turn to when we are concerned with worry, anxieties, or when we are questioning God’s love for us.
Isaiah 41: Israel is commanded to fear not because He has promised that He is with them. What more do we need? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Psalms: David is the author of the majority of the book of Psalms and how he deals with worry, anxieties and stress is by praising God and constantly reminding himself of the One who delivers, offers grace, peace and guidance. He exalts God instead of his worries.
Matthew 6 and Luke 12:12-24 Jesus reminds the apostles not to worry. God takes care of the birds in the sky and the lilies of the field, He will take care of us even more. We can trust in a Father who provides for us far more than our necessities.
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus gives true rest. He compassionately desires for all to come to Him. He assures us that He will take care of us. His is gentle and caring. His yoke is easy and light. We can learn from coming to Him with our burdens. Amen!?
John 14:27 We are offered a peace from God, not the peace of this world. Before His own sacrifice and suffering, Jesus wanted to offer peace to His disciples. He wants us to have peace, not troubles. He wants you and me to have joy, not worries of this world.
2 Corinthians 12:10 We are weak, Christ is strong. God doesn’t take away our problems, but He does give us grace, which strengthens us.
2 Timothy 1:7 Paul was encouraging Timothy, while in jail, to stay strong in his faith. God has given us the the strength and power through Him for us to be able to endure and bear hardships.
Hebrews 13:5-6 If the Lord is with me, what can man do to me? Things here on earth are temporary – He is our help and will supply all that we need.
Romans 8:38-39 Nothing can separate us from the love of God. If we are overwhelmed with our failures or our past, we can be assured that we have this hope in Christ that He loves us and that we cannot be separated by that love. We don’t have to fear our past or our future.