Worrying weighs us down. It can cause us to lose sleep, overeat (or under eat), give us headaches, stomach aches, and make us irritable. It can also make us feel distant from God and from others.
Worrying accomplishes nothing –
absolutely nothing and only harms you.
Often we look for God in our devotional times and worship times – but strangely enough, many times we find God’s presence most real, in the midst of a storm.
I remember a time when I would go to bed worried and wake up worried. I printed off verses and put them beside my bed and began reading them before I went to sleep and every morning when I woke. Slowly over time, I found my heart getting lighter and my fears subsiding.
In Matthew 14:22-33, Peter found himself in the midst of a raging storm out on a boat. Peter looked out onto the water and exclaimed “A Ghost”. He did not expect to see Jesus standing there.
Jesus said “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid…come.”
Courageously – Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water! With his eyes on Jesus, he exchanged his fear for faith…but then…he saw the wind and waves and – BAM! He began to sink like a rock.
When we focus on our fears – we will sink – but when we focus on Christ, we find courage to have hope in the midst of our trials and tragedy.
If you are worried about something right now – take your eyes off of that thing that is stressing you out and focus on these 10 truths found in God’s Word.
10 Verses for When You Are Worried
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.
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.~John 14:27
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.~Proverbs 3:5,6
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.~Psalm 56:3
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
“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? 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. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?~Matthew 6:25-30
Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.~Matthew 6:34
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.~Psalm 23:4
Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?~Psalm 118:5,6
Do you want to print these verses?
If you’d like to SOAK in these verses, I made SOAK pages that you can print off.
What is keeping you up at night? What have you been worrying about?
What verses do you turn to when you are worried?
Remember: Worrying accomplishes nothing – absolutely nothing!