We all go through times where things are hard and we’re distracted by pain and suffering in our lives. It can be so easy to just give in to feelings of worry and negativity. What’s going to happen next?
If you’re a Christian, however, we have hope in a Savior that cares for us. He gives us strength in hard times, and he wants us to look to Him when our circumstances start to overwhelm us.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
The past few years have been tough ones, and people are looking for hope in the midst of worry and anxiety. Today I thought I would share a few Bible verses that explore the topic of worry, and how we can find peace and calm in a troubled world. bible-verses-about-worry
Jesus Words On Worry Jesus talked about worry and anxiety more than a few times, and he reminds us of how much God loves us, and how He can give us rest.
Matthew 6:25-27 “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?”
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Luke 12:25 “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
John 14:27 “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. “
Pastor and author John MacArthur give some insight into what Jesus said about worry:
In Matthew 6:25 Jesus commanded His followers, “Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” The tense of the Greek text is properly translated, “Stop worrying.” The tense in Matthew 6:31 is different, however, and means, “Don’t start worrying.” Thus Jesus brackets our passage with this meaning: If you are worrying, quit; if you haven’t started, don’t.
God’s Word is clear—believers are not to be given over to anxiety. But it’s not simply a cold, abrupt command to stop worrying. Scripture is clear that we shouldn’t focus on the plans, needs, and uncertainties of tomorrow, but it’s also clear about where our focus should be instead. This is what Jesus said to His followers, and the same instructions hold true for us today: “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).