What Does the Bible Say About Anxiety?
That question put me into a cycle of anxiety every time. When I think about my marriage, my children, and my work, that ONE question always boils up. Because we are women who love and desire to know God’s word, we need to ask this question right after the “what if’s” come: What does the Bible say about worry and anxiety? The simple answer is: don’t do it. But what if there was more? What if God showed us how to push back against the fears?
Looking in God’s word I found a passage in Isaiah I wanted to share with you. In the middle of this amazing book of the Bible, Isaiah, the prophet, tells the children of Israel they are going to be punished for their sins of idolatry. War and death and disease are coming. But hope is also coming. God wasn’t going to wipe out the entire nation. A section of faithful people would remain alive and God would make sure they would be safe.
Maybe those who were hearing Isaiah’s words were filled with fear. I know I would be! Imagine hearing your entire country was going to be uprooted and a lot of people were going to die! I think I would definitely be afraid! So in Isaiah 41 we read God’s response to their anxiety. First of all, God DOESN’T say “Oh, everything I just going to be ok.” Or “Just true Me.” Nor does God tell them what will exactly happen. Even today God doesn’t respond to our fears by revealing exactly what is going to happen in every situation. Instead, God shows us Himself. In Isaiah 41:8-20 we read four things God does for us because of Who He is and these things give peace to our worried hearts. I want to share those with you today.
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Over and over again Israel writes, “I the LORD have said..” What has God said? If God has said these things, that He will give us a position, presence, protection, provision, and purpose – think about it! Consider it and believe it. Choose to believe. Belief is not a will of the heart but a will of the mind. Anxiety and fear live in our hearts. It is time we tell our hearts with our minds the TRUTH of God. If you need some help, feel free to download this brand new devotional!
So how do we find God in the midst of anxiety? By learning the truth. This truth is found in the Bible. Here are five things the Bible says about how to battle anxiety based on Psalm 63.