Your nerves are starting to take over and your mind is swirling around the same worries.
You want to stay calm, but you can’t. You can’t just turn it off.
Your heart is racing; it’s hard to sleep or concentrate.
Your appetite isn’t all there.
You feel weak. Depleted.
What can make it stop?
In the Bible we read about the many times David lived in danger, including the years he was forced to hide from Saul. And yet he penned this: “I lift my eyes up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).
David wasn’t a fictional character. He was a real man with real anxieties. He lived and breathed on this Earth just as you and I do today.
Having suffered with anxiety for so many years of my life, I know exactly how tormenting this can feel. I know exactly how alone and weird and terrified you feel to have the same thoughts and fears gripping you to the core.
Other people can shake things off, but for you it’s not the same. It’s an absolute affliction. I know it exactly.
I’ve learned to cut back on caffeine (which helps my nerves in general) and keep faith in tough times. But it was through the Bible that I found what brought peace to my heart on a deep level. A core level. A healing level.
Ways We Can Use Bible Verses to Calm Us
After all the searching and seeking, it was God’s word that brought me to the center. And not empty, but full.
David’s story particularly touched my life, and so do these verses. When I read them I remember I’m not alone. They bring me peace. They calm me. I pray they help you too.
Read them. Say them. Pray them. Meditate on them. Print them and take them with you. Email them to yourself. Text them as prayer messages to a friend. Do what you need to do!
Just keep them close. They’re God’s words; they will not return void.
Isaiah says, “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
When we suffer with anxiety and worry, we can reach for these reminders.
Need a Bible verse to calm your nerves?
Here are 17. Go big.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
“In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11)
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:7-10)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35)
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
“He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.'” (Romans 8:15)
“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Pastor Rick Warren once wrote, “The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”
This is your opportunity to face you fear in faith.
And as you consider more help and resources, keep coming back to the God’s Word for relieving worry. Remember, His Word won’t come back empty. That’s a promise.