10 Bible verses to remember when you’re stressed

Mike McMillan

There’s no shortage of worry these days. Whether you’re a mom torn in five directions, a student stressed over the next exam, or you’re worried about where your next job is going to come from, here are 10 verses — though there are many more — that show God is with us even when we think He’s checked out.

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1. When you feel God doesn’t respond to your concerns right away

Read Psalm 34:6: “This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.”

Does it sometimes feel like God’s been slow to respond to your troubles? Face God with a posture of prayer, because He’s always ready to respond in His time and in His ways. 

2. When you want God to do things your way, in your timing

Read Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

You might have heard this one before, but it’s still hard to put our troubles in God’s hands. We want Him to solve our problems with our own methods and in our own time. However, we never see the big picture — but God does. And He’ll come through in ways we’ll never be able to imagine. 

3. When your circumstances steal your happiness

Read James 1:2: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”

This is a verse you might find odd: Why would we be joyful when we experience trials? It’s contrary to our natural reaction. Joy during hard times is difficult, but with God all things are possible. When we’re close to Him, it’s possible to have peace and joy when it seems like the ship is about to go down. For more on this, check out what Jesus does in Matthew 8:23-27.

4. When you’re uncertain about what the future holds

Read Psalm 112:7: “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

If we have joy through the storms, we’re probably not worrying too much on what’s to come. If we fear bad news, we’re worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet. We can trust in our heavenly Father to carry us through what’s to come, leaving tomorrow’s problems for tomorrow. Which leads me to…

5. When you can’t focus on today

Read Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Jesus essentially reiterates Psalm 112:7 with this verse. When you focus only on what’s ahead, you can’t see or deal with the problems today. If you want to successfully assemble a piece of IKEA furniture, you’re certainly not going to start with Step 10; you’re going to start with Step 1 and go one step at a time. Our walk with Jesus is like that.

6. When you don’t have any energy left

Read Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

When you’re running on fumes, it’s important to keep this verse in mind. If you’re out of strength, Jesus has good news for you: He can become your strength! When we’re at our weakest, He’s at His strongest (2 Corinthians 11:30).

7. When you don’t know how to handle your anxiety

Read Philippians 4:6-7: “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.”

The first sentence commands us to present our needs to God. But the second verse comes with an amazing promise: we’ll receive the peace of God, “which transcends all understanding.” What a blessing! 

8. When you wonder why you’re going through a hard time

Read Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

The situation you’re going through may be tough, but God is using it for His purposes. Take comfort in the knowledge that God won’t just bring you through the problem, but He’ll use it for your good and His glory.

9. When you’re overwhelmed by troubles

Read John 14:1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”

Jesus often warned about worry. When we fear, we worry more, but it’s never a good idea to waste energy or focus on problems that may never happen. If we fear the wrong things, that becomes an object of worship — an idol that we care about more than God. That’s why Jesus told us to fear God and focus on Him. Do your best, trust in God, and let Him take care of the rest. 

10. Any time you’re in distress

Read 2 Samuel 22:7: “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.”

David was well acquainted with stress. King Saul spent part of his reign trying to kill David, even though David had done nothing to deserve it. Still, he praised God through his troubles and penned some of the greatest love songs to God that we know as the Psalms. If David — who was known as a man after God’s own heart — faced trouble, we know we’ll also face it. On the flip side, we know that God brought David through these troubles, and He’ll also bring you through.

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