Anxiety sucks. I still remember the first panic attack I ever had when I was around eleven years old. I had received some news that confirmed the lie that I was alone and unloved. I remember feeling like I was being crushed and I was sure my heart was going to explode. Over the years I fell victim to anxiety and his partners, depression and loneliness. In the past several years, however I have waged war against all of these attacks with the help of scriptures about anxiety.
When I was the counselor for a Christian addiction recovery program, this was always one of the biggest issues I found struggling women were fighting with. Here are 5 verses about anxiety to read and reread and saturate your life, mind and heart with to help combat anxiety.
Proverbs 17:22 - A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Remember that crushing feeling I mentioned earlier? Proverbs tells us that a crushed spirit dries the bones. Now your skeleton is probably not going to dry up but anxiety does dry you out. If left unchecked, anxiety will likely dry up your hope, joy, ambitions and even your social life and relationships. A joyful heart on the other hand is a good medicine! I know you’re asking how can I be joyful when I am struggling with anxiety?! Good question. Keep reading!
Psalm 34:1-7 - I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Psalm 34:17-18 - When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
I couldn't pick just one verse from Psalm 34! Seriously go read the whole chapter.
Anyways, I believe the key to stripping anxiety, and tons of other mental attacks, lies in this chapter.
- Verses 1-3 - Keep the truth of who God is and what He is like constantly on your mind. David says I will bless the Lord at ALL times! Go to battle with your mind and when worry threatens, stop and start to bless and praise the Lord. Start telling yourself who God is and if you don’t really know who He is, dive into scripture! I like to turn on a worship song and have a praise break!
- Verses 4-5 - Cry out to God. When worry leads to anxiety and panic, pray. Ask God to help you. Jesus told us in the gospels that He was sending us a Comforter. The Holy Spirit is a friend, advocate and a comforter to us. Believers have this Comforter within them.
- Verses 17-18 - This is a promise. Born again child of God, you are righteous through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus and the Bible tells us when you cry out, you are heard. And remember that crushing feeling? Remember how a crushed spirit is drying? Well verse 18 gives a promise specifically for those who feel crushed. God is near to those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalm 16:11 - You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
So we know God is near to those whose spirits are crushed and we know that joy is a good medicine. Psalm 16:11 says that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy! Usually when we are suffering we withdraw and just mope about. Next time you find yourself struggling with anxiety I challenge you to do the opposite. Draw near to God by reading your Bible and praying. When praying be honest. Tell God what you are feeling. Tell Him what you are afraid of. Let Him be near to you and receive your fullness of joy!
1 Peter 5:6-7 - Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Humble yourself and ask God for help. He invites your to cast your anxieties on Him. He wants you to layout all the fears and worries your have before Him and then trust Him to work those things out. He wants to do this for us because He cares about us. God cares about you. God loves you and wants to work within your problems. That should bring a peace to your heart. You are loved!
I hope this helps you and will help you. Please share this with your friends if it did and maybe it will help them as well.
In the comments below let me know your favorite verses for anxious hearts. I know there are many and I only shared a few.