There are times when the problems of this world weigh you down and you lose your joy. The enemy can start whispering in your ear that you’re alone and God doesn’t care about you.
But that’s the exact time you need to lean on God. The Bible is full of truths about God that will calm you, give you strength, encourage and guide you in your time of need.
These 20 soothing Bible verses for stress relief provide comfort to those who are going through painful situations. Choosing to believe God’s promises is not easy when you’re stressed but the Holy Spirit helps us along the way.
Not only will these Bible verses soothe your aching heart, but surrounding yourself with people who remind you of God’s word is exactly what you need when you’re stressed as well.
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Bible Verses for Stress Relief
When you become a Christian, you may think all your problems are over and you’ll live a stress-free life but that’s not true.
Jesus tells us in the Bible that problems will still come our way. The difference is we don’t face these alone but we have the all-powerful and all-knowing God by our side to help us along the way.
Through reading God’s word, we will experience comfort during tough times. So together, let’s explore the scriptures for stress relief.
As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. NLT
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. NLT
God knows that pressure, troubles, and stress will come and wear us down. But he also promises that we can turn to his word for joy during those seasons.
We will be comforted and given renewed hope in the Bible. Surely this is what we need to relieve our stress.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. ESV
When you’re stressed whether about finances, your marriage, your job, or your children, you need help. That helper is our God in heaven.
He will help you come up with a solution to the challenge. He will move to change the situation because he is all-powerful. We are blessed to be able to call upon God when we’re stressed.
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
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. ESV
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. NLT
This is such a soothing bible verse for stress relief. Knowing that the Lord has plans for us that are good, to give us a future and hope will give us courage and strength to face each day.
While our present-day reality may not be what we’d like or choose, we can have faith in God to help up during the difficult season.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. ESV
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. AMP
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.
God protects, guides, and comforts us when we’re going through stressful times. Knowing that His mighty presence is with us helps us overcome fear and face the future with courage.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ESV
This stress relief scripture is a personal invitation from Jesus Christ to draw near to Him in our times of need. In Him, we will find rest for our weary souls.
He is gentle and patient with us. Jesus Christ teaches us how to be calm even when we have challenges.
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Our confidence and trust should be in God and not our own understanding which is very limited. When we acknowledge God and rely on His strength and wisdom, our paths will become straight and smooth.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. NLT
1 Peter 5:7
casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. AMP
When the worries and anxieties of this world cause us to become stressed, the Bible encourages us to cast them on the Lord. Why? Because He cares for us and watches over us daily. We are His and He is ours.
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. AMP
This is such a powerful bible verse because it helps us with perspective. God knows what’s best and whatever you’re going through will soon pass. Our problems are temporary and God will use everything we’re going through for His purpose.
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. AMP
Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Instead of worrying, we should pray about every specific situation that causes us anxiety and stress. When we do this while giving thanks to God, we will experience his amazing peace.
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] AMP
In Jesus Christ we are victorious. That alone gives us the courage and confidence to know that we cannot allow trials and tribulations to cause us stress. Jesus Christ gives us his perfect peace even in life’s raging storms.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. ESV
In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust. AMP
When you’re stressed your mind can be a playing ground for the enemy. You think of the worst and you go through so many scenarios of what can go wrong.
But God says our minds should stay on Him, His word, and His love as then we will have peace.
Even when we sleep we should be meditating on God’s truths as we confidently trust in God to help us deal with the challenge.
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired. AMP
We can live a faith-filled and victorious life in a stressful world when we wait on the Lord to act. When we let God fight our battles and rely on His strength we will be renewed. Just like the eagle we will become powerful
Being stressed is normal even as a Christian. It can cause you to become weary and anxious.
But there is a way out for us as believers. God is our helper and he will comfort us when we’re stressed. He tells us to keep our minds focused on him, his goodness, and his character as a way of overcoming stress.
He promises us peace that surpasses human understanding even in high-pressure and stressful situations. We just need to learn to trust him and have confidence in his promises.
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