Worrying can be an addiction that goes unseen and unaddressed. Yet, it can wreck so much havoc on your life! In this blog, we’ve taken an excerpt from the NIV Woman’s Study Bible. Hear this exhortation, read Bible verses about worry, and then spend some time in prayer and reflection!

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT WORRY

Depending on context, words translated as “cares” and “concerns” or “fear” and “anxiety” can be either right or wrong attitudes in a Christian’s life. Fear is right when it is reverence toward God because of his holiness (Isa 8:13), and care is good when showing concern for others (1Co 12:252Co 11:28). But worry is always wrong, for it paralyzes active faith in your life.

JESUS TAUGHT: DO NOT WORRY

When you worry, you assume responsibility for things you were never intended to handle. Jesus repeatedly taught, “Do not worry” (Gk. merimneo, lit. “to divide the mind”), even about the basic essentials of life (Mt 6:25–34). Worry divides your mind between useful and hurtful thinking. Worrying does not change anything (Mt 6:27) except to draw your focus away from God and his faithfulness and righteousness to concerns about the things of life, such as possessions and material goods (Mt 6:31).

WORRYING IS HARMFUL

Worry is a choking, harmful emotion that saps your energy and elevates human strength and ingenuity above God’s strength and his purposeful plan. Sources of worry include change, lack of understanding and lack of control over your life. Worry opens the door to worldliness, that is, preoccupation with the things of this life. Though the children of Israel had watched God split open the Red Sea to deliver them from Egypt, they could not believe he would provide water in the desert to meet their needs.

Worry is the opposite of faith, suggesting that God cannot be trusted to take care of you or to provide what you need (Php 4:19).

WORRY CAUSES FEAR TO CROWD OUT FAITH

Thus, in the final reckoning, “the cowardly” are listed alongside the “unbelieving” (Rev 21:8). Linking worry with unbelief, Scripture gives direction for a return to full faith. The road from worry to faith begins with recognition that worry is sin and confession of lack of faith (Ps 139:23), continues with deliverance (Ps 34:4), and finally ends with the assurance that absolutely nothing can separate you from the love of God who is the great I am (Ro 8:35Ex 3:14–15).

In place of anxious thoughts, you then freely offer thanksgiving from a heart established with trust in God as all sufficient (Ps 112:7–8Php 4:6–7).

What worry or fear are you surrendering to the Lord today?

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT WORRY

Bible Verses About Worry #1: Psalm 23:1–6

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.”

Bible Verses About Worry #2: Psalm 94:19

“When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.”

Bible Verses About Worry #3: Luke 10:40–42

40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” 

Bible Verses About Worry #4: Matthew 6:25

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” 

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8 Comments

  1. Thank you for this beautiful reminder! JESUS always freshens my soul!

  2. Thank you for sharing the word of God concerning worry and fear. Syrely the Lord is my Provider, I shall not lack

  3. Charmaine HoShing Richards Reply

    Thank you so for explaining that to worry is sin,it allows me to put my faith in God no matter how big the problem is, I always look forward for your blogs,its so refreshing

  4. I really need to read this today. It’s amazing how great our God is that this manifested to me on a day when I need it most. Praise God!

  5. john joshua Reply

    Praise Jesus the Lord and my Saviour..
    This is a preparation for the work of the Lord, may God bless you for feeding us with His word that we may gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding of His Holy Scriptures. To God be the glory. Amen.

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