Life is full of uncertainty. “Will I get the job?” “Will I get an A on the test I studied so hard for?” There are endless “What if?” and “Will I?” questions we face daily, and with such uncertainty comes fear and worry.
I have a grandmother who is a faithful Lutheran and has been for years. We often get together for lunch, and I tell her about different things I do at college and what I have planned for the future. My grandma always assumes the worst of any given situation, though. She worries about me driving to St. Louis every day from Illinois. She worries about me while I am at school. Like everyone, she worries. Worry leads to anxiety. Although we all feel it, we do not have to be a slave to it. We can take comfort in God’s goodness and mercy, trusting that He is going to keep us safe.
When you are worried or fearful of what may happen, here are some Bible verses to turn to.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
It’s perfectly normal to be worried, but know that God is with you. He is there to help get you through the hard times. You won’t fall when He is with you.
And He said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.”
As adults, we work to make money to pay for our groceries and our bills. Even so, we acknowledge that it is God who provides for us, almost always through the means of the work of people. He calls us to be stewards of His creation. Just as God has provided for our needs, either through our own work or through the work of others, He calls us in turn to provide for others in need. We are not to be anxious about what we have, but instead trust that He will provide for us and work through us to provide for the needs of others.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Rest easy, because God will grant peace and rest to the restless mind. He is with you.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Have you ever dreaded something? Have you felt the kind of dread that weighs you down and affects your whole day? You might feel as though you can’t keep going, or as though you have a heavy heart. Kind words may help; if you don’t know where to turn, God’s Word will bring comfort and joy in those moments. His Word is good.
I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
When you pray to the Lord in times of distress, He will come to your aid. There may be things that you want to happen but do not, in God’s infinite wisdom. Sometimes God’s answer isn’t “no,” but “not yet.” Put your faith in God and know that He is taking care of you.
Whether you are worried about a job interview or you are nervous about traveling far away, put your faith in God. Everything will work out according to His plan. He knows exactly what should happen in every moment of your life. He is watching over you. Let that comfort wash over your heart in times of trouble and give you peace.