Anxiety: Worry and the Bible

Anxiety - Bible

As a Christian, understanding how to respond to stress and anxiety can be difficult. There is the balance between determining if someone has a sin problem (e.g. they are worrying to much and should instead be trusting God to provide and take care), if they are reacting in a proper and healthy way to that which is occurring (e.g. Jesus sweating blood in the Garden of Gesthemane  when under an amazing amount of stress and pressure) or if it is an uncontrollable physiological reaction (e.g. medical depression and anxiety that some people are more prone to that others).

The Bible provides us wit a few instructions regarding worry, I think they are useful when thinking about the issues of stress and anxiety.

“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?  26 Look at the birds of the sky: they don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?  27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?  28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread.  29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!  30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith?  31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  33 But seek first the kingdom of Goda and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.  34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:24-34)

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you. (1 Pet 5:6-7)

It is good to be reminded to be trusting in God for all that we need, to cast our cares upon the Lord, so to speak. But one point that was made during the lecture was that quoting bible verses at people who are struggling with stress and anxiety is not always the best solution. Professional counselling may be required, even medication, to deal with the anxiety problems people may be facing. Here is where wisdom is required, and also a humility to see that we can’t fix all the problems that people come to us with.

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3 Responses to Anxiety: Worry and the Bible

  1. Greg says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for having this site. It is really well laid-out, very easy on the eyes.

    I really like what you wrote about anxiety and how the Bible can help us get through it. I have been experiencing some rough times lately and the Bible has indeed been a real help with that.

    Thank you again for having this site. The internet can be such a wonderful resource for us.

    God’s Peace,
    Greg

    http://gottb.com/?p=3950

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