I am a literal person. When someone tells me how to do something, I want every detail so I can be successful. Battling anxiety is no different. No one wants someone to say, “Oh, try this and see if it helps.” Even though everyone’s anxiety looks different, there is One solution. Here are 11 Bible Verses for Anxiety that will help build your trust in Him. In addition, grab a Free Anxiety Journal for combatting your anxiety with the Truth!
My first anxiety attack
In high school, I saw someone standing next to me have a medical emergency. For whatever reason, this put me in a state of panic for weeks following. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t sit still, I was just so anxious I had to stay busy constantly.
I remember completing week’s worth of homework, just so I wouldn’t have to sit still.
Eventually, my family started to notice that I couldn’t sit still without shaking my legs, doing homework or moving around. So, they scheduled a doctor’s appointment and I was prescribed an anti-anxiety medication.
So, for the first time in a couple of weeks, I was able to just sit. Whew! It was such a relief.
using bible verses for anxiety
Whether you’re on an antidepressant, anti-anxiety or no medication at all, anxiety can surprise you and take over.
I wish when I was in high school, I had thought of opening my Bible to confront my anxiety with the One who can calm a storm and shut the mouths of lions.
I’ve always believed in God, but I haven’t always trusted Him with all aspects of my life.
Before getting pregnant with my first child, I had been taking anti-anxiety medication as needed for panic attacks, but not on a regular basis.
When I did get pregnant, I thought, “Oh no, how will I make it 9 months without any medication.” Fortunately, God provides.
So, I wanted to share 11 ways how God provides with 11 Bible verses for anxiety. Plus, a free printable anxiety journal for combating your anxiety when it rears its ugly head.
11 Bible Verses for Anxiety
1. John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
My favorite thing about this Bible verse for anxiety is that God knows this world tries to sell us peace in all sorts of packages. He acknowledges that they will leave us discouraged and frustrated.
Therefore, His peace is not the same as the world offers. Thus, His peace is a one size fits all and it does work for everyone.
2. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This Bible verse for anxiety gives us something to do. Whenever I was worried, I needed something to do. I wanted to be busy.
God says: Pray. Thank Him and pray. Tell Him what is on your heart and what fear is replaying over and over.
If you’re not sure how to pray and what to say, you can find my article here about prayer. Also, it includes a free prayer journaling printable for a practical guide for going deeper with God in prayer.
3. Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Love this Bible verse for anxiety because He promises to strengthen us when we are weak and when we can’t do it alone.
For example, a friend of mine went through a tough and dark time. She felt all alone and overwhelmed by her circumstances. One day, she woke up and life was completely different.
However, she prayed for God’s strength and courage. When things settled down, I asked her what she learned most. She said that God powered her through the whole thing.
He made it possible and she knew it wasn’t her, but Him.
11 BIBLE VERSES FOR ANXIETY
4. Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
Life can change so quickly and leave us blindsided. One second, we are content and life is cruising along and then there is a phone call or a conversation that shifts everything.
We think we can see it all… So, we think we can do it all. In our DIY world, we can fix it, redo it and figure it out ourselves.
God calls us to trust in Him and to not trust our own judgement or knowledge.
To learn more about God, you can find out how to spend quiet time with Him in His word here.
5. Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
So, I don’t know about you but I really love this promise! This Bible verse for anxiety promises that we will have perfect peace if we are focused on Him and trust Him.
Through financial unrest, through divorce, through loss… He can grant you peace that you can’t comprehend.
You can read more about praying the promises of God during times of grief and loss here with encouraging prayer prompts.
6. 1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
God is love. He loves us so much, He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. So, if we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and repent of our sins, we do not have a punishment to fear!
Therefore, we are made perfect in Christ.
11 BIBLE VERSES FOR ANXIETY
7. Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Oh, anxiety. Satan always told me a lie that if I just worried about tomorrow, I would be able to prepare for whatever turmoil might be headed my way.
He made sure I worried myself right through good times and peaceful times.
Only years later did I realize that God has plans for me to seek Him first, so whatever I do that is off that path will only bring further heartbreak and worry.
I also thought that God was against me and certain things I wanted. However, God is not sinful, spiteful or mean. This is hard, as humans, to understand. Everything about Him is loving and kind.
8. Isaiah 35:4
say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
Your White Knight has arrived.
Fun fact: Something I always feared as an only child was that I would end up alone and always feel lonely. I was anxious when I was alone.
This Bible verse for anxiety promises me and you that our God will come. He will chase after you. Lastly, you are His.
For instance, as the song, Reckless Love says: There’s no shadow You won’t light up, mountain you won’t climb up, coming after me. There’s no wall You won’t kick down, lie You won’t tear down, coming after me.
11 BIBLE VERSES FOR ANXIETY
9. Psalm 56:3
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Simple, but do we do it?
We all have hopes and dreams for this life, but are we ready to hand them ALL over and say, “God, I can let all of those go for Your will”?
10. Proverbs 29:25
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Why is it so easy to get wrapped up in what others think of us and worries of this world?
Have you ever shared your political views? If you’re a people pleaser, don’t, just don’t. Haha, there is no political view that everyone will agree with.
The Lord says you won’t please everyone, so don’t try. Just trust in Me.
11. Mark 4:39-40
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
This is when Jesus calms the stormy seas. He was asleep and His disciples were thinking, “How in the world is this Man sleeping?!”
Moreover, this Bible verse for anxiety reminds me that my faith still has a lot of growing to do when I am afraid. If I’m struggling to shut off my anxiety’s voice, am I really focused on Him or this world?
BIBLE VERSES FOR ANXIETY & Building Trust
So, confront your anxiety with this Free Anxiety Journaling Printable!
This printable has questions to ask yourself to encourage you to thank God, express your worries and grow in trust.
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Firstly, you are not alone in this fear. God is right there with you.
Secondly, He can move mountains. So, your anxiety is not a problem for Him.
Lastly, His promises are true and His love is reckless.
**Disclaimer** Author has a master’s degree in counseling but is not your counselor, nor a practicing counselor. This article is not meant to take place of medical advice.