A few weeks ago on Bible study night, the snow and ice pounded down at rush hour. My hubby came home from work late and before I headed out the door to prepare for the ladies who might make it to the frozen yogurt shop (where our Bible study meets- how cool and God-given is that!?!), I posted a quick Facebook note for those who would check the page. “Still having study- be safe.”
Only 7 of us made it out that night. But we determined to watch the video and study the Word to its fullest. And at one point in the study as we took turns around the circle reading verses, a hush came over us at the end of one of the verses. It was as if every single one of us knew we were in attendance that night, if for nothing else, just for that one verse.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Psalm 94:19
Dictionary.com gives the definition of anxiety:
distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune
So my definition of anxiety is just having a case of the “what-if’s?”
What if the car breaks down?
What if he doesn’t do what he said he would?
What if she does do what she said she would?
What if the money doesn’t come?
What if we don’t have enough _________?
What Psalm 94:19 told all of us that night, almost grabbing our breath from us, is that even in rough or desperate situations, we can be filled with the joy of the Lord. He is our consolation and His Word eases anxiety like nothing else can.
So I went on a treasure hunt- one for verses that kick anxiety to the curb. And I thought you might want to read them too.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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. Phil. 4:6&7
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Prov. 12:25
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matt. 6:33&34
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. I John 4:18
Thursday is Valentine’s Day- how perfect that perfect love casts out fear!
Today I have an article on Candace Cameron Bure’s online magazine, Roomag. It is about how I know Taylor loves me- though she hasn’t said a word in ten years. I hope you’ll stop over there and read it.
Do you have a verse to kick anxiety to the curb? I’d love for you to add the Bible verses that you use to combat worry, fear and anxiety in the comments below.
Addendum: This post resonated so much with my readers that I created a free printable for these verses. You can find it in this follow-up post.