Anxiety is a common human emotion, and the Bible acknowledges this fact. Throughout its pages, the Bible offers advice and encouragement for those struggling with anxiety. Here are a few examples of how the Bible advises dealing with anxiety:
Pray and Trust in God
One of the most common pieces of advice given in the Bible for dealing with anxiety is to pray and trust in God. In Philippians 4:6-7, the apostle Paul writes, "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." This verse encourages us to turn to God in prayer, present our worries to Him, and trust that He will provide us with peace.
Cast Your Cares on God
In 1 Peter 5:7, it says, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." This verse reminds us that we can give our worries and concerns to God, knowing that He cares for us and will help us through our struggles.
Focus on Positive Thoughts
In Philippians 4:8, it says, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." This verse encourages us to focus our thoughts on positive and uplifting things rather than dwelling on negative thoughts that can contribute to anxiety.
Seek Wise Counsel
Proverbs 15:22 says, "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed." This verse encourages us to seek the advice of wise and trusted friends or professionals who can help us navigate our worries and find a path forward. The Beat Church is filled with a community of people who have dealt with anxiety. You can get help through our L3 Recovery group, a Community Group, or by contacting one of our pastors.
Remember God's Promises
The Bible is full of promises from God, and many of these can offer comfort to those struggling with anxiety. For example, in Isaiah 41:10, God says, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." These words remind us that we are not alone in our struggles and that God is always with us, providing strength and comfort.
The Bible offers a range of advice for dealing with anxiety, including praying and trusting in God, casting our cares on Him, focusing on positive thoughts, seeking wise counsel, and remembering God's promises. By following these principles, we can find comfort and strength in the midst of our worries and live with greater peace and joy.
Our church is located at 3 Indian Meadows Drive in Round Rock, TX. You are invited to join us for any of our 10:30am Sunday services, where you can find relief from anxiety in a community focused on loving God, loving people, and living like we mean it.