Worry or anxiety—concepts we’re all too familiar with—show up in our lives as stress and can take a physical toll on us. Worry weighs us down and causes us to miss what God is doing around us.
In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul encourages us not to worry: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (4:6). Paul wants us to exchange the worry in our lives with thankfulness and to do this by telling God about our concerns and then leaving them in His capable hands.
The next time you find yourself worrying, meditating on these Scripture verses may help you give your anxious thoughts over to Him.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. . . . And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16.