Worry plagues us all. Some of us are just inherently nervous, dealt the anxiety card at birth. Some are seasonal worriers – whose stress heightens during holidays or the school year or in the chill of winter. And some of us are parents – feeling distress, well, it’s in the job description.
While it is normal, and a small amount of worry can be healthy – it can also be all-consuming. It can turn from occasional fear and doubt…into unhappiness. A need to control everything, while at the same time, feeling that nothing is in your control.
So we go to Christ. God gave us a step by step manual for leading a loving, faithful, peaceful existence in His name. So, let’s use it.
Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed with worry, remember these verses, and remember that God is ALWAYS with us. We are safe in His loving embrace.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Cast your cares on the LORDand he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
“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?”
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him.”