It’s been a long time since I have shared a true Top Ten Tuesday post, but the other night an idea sparked in my head for a new Top Ten Tuesday series.
The English language has hundreds of words to describe how we feel. Depending on the moment, we might feel agitated, amused, angry, amazed, or ambivalent, and we often act on whatever emotion we feel in the moment. The Bible does not condemn emotions. Rather, it shows us how to handle these emotions in the light of eternity.
For the next six months, I am going to move alphabetically through a self-compiled list of feelings. I want to share ten verses that speak to each emotion and discuss our proper response as Christians. By the end of October, we will have a repository of 260 verses.
10 Verses for when you feel anxious.
It seems somehow appropriate to start this series with verses addressing anxiety*, an emotion that I encounter more often than I care to admit.
*As a disclaimer: I am discussing the emotion of anxiety, not the mental illness of the same name.
1. Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Mic drop. If I hadn’t promised to share ten verses, we could stop right here. God commands us to quit wallowing in anxiety, and He tells us what to do when anxiety knocks on our door. We can throw our worries to Him! This theme is repeated throughout Scripture.
2. I Peter 5:7
Another translation says, “Casting all your anxieties on him…” (emphasis added).
3. Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
Often, our anxiety is based on a fear that our needs will not be met. However, God says time and time again that He will supply all of our needs just as He provides for the flowers and the animals.
4. Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
5. Matthew 6:25
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
6. Luke 12:27-28
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
7. Psalm 23:1-3a
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
Along with physical needs, Jesus gives us His peace that surpasses human understanding. He restores our anxious souls. He refreshes us with His mercy. Why should we be anxious?
8. John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
9. Lamentations 3:22-23
10. Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.