It seems that more people are feeling anxious than ever. The truth is, to stop fretting from the uncertainties of today’s world, we can all calm anxiety with the truth of God.
I certainly need wisdom to learn how to give my anxiety to God. Each post in this series points to what God says about anxiety and uses Scripture to help embrace His truth. The Bible allows us to focus on God as the authentic Source of our peace.
Hope for Today—a Bible Verse for Anxiety
Today’s Bible verse for anxiety is one that, at its surface, almost sounds too good to be true.
John 14:1 (HCSB)
Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.
It can seem as if these words of Jesus are oversimplified. How do we gain freedom from a troubled heart by simply believing? God provides a glimpse of His powerful intent for these words. If we desire freedom from a troubled heart, we must believe in God and His Son. That’s what it looks like to calm anxiety with the truth of God.
Before this Bible verse could have it’s powerful, calming impact in my life, I had to analyze what I believed. During past periods of hardship and anxious thinking, I began to believe some incorrect things about the Lord. Those thoughts clouded what the Bible teaches is true. For example, when experiencing past trials:
- I’ve believed God was no longer for me,
- Or that He stopped caring about the people I love.
- In the past, I’ve believed that my sin was too great to be covered by the blood of Jesus,
- And that I was too disgraceful to receive forgiveness.
- I believed that the Lord abandoned me
- Or that I was being punished.
Each statement is completely untrue. If I believe false truths about Jesus, I have no hope to calm or overcoming anxiety.
Calm Anxiety With the Truth of God
To calm my troubled heart, I must believe the truth about God and that truth is found in His Word. When I believe that His love covers a multitude of sins, including my own, then I receive hope for a blessed future walking in the Lord’s favor. By believing that He is a loving Father, I can embrace my identity as His child and know that He is for me. When God allows struggles into my life, they are filtered through His loving kindness. With the belief that God has a good plan for His children, I know He is always working for my good and His glory.
It’s not enough to believe in a God about whom I’ve formed my own perception —especially one based on emotion and disappointments. Complete peace comes when I believe in the God of the Bible—when I believe who God says He is in His Word. The more I read His Word, the more I begin to know and understand His character, His nature, and His ways. A deeper connection and relationship with my Heavenly Father emerge out of the time that I spend with Him. There, I find perfect peace that calms anxiety.
How Do I Overcome Anxiety?
Part of the formula I’ve discovered to calm anxiety is to remain mindful of it. I’ve learned that I cannot allow it to run rampant through my heart and mind or my anxious thoughts will continue to multiply within me. I must tame my thought patterns, and that requires smothering them with the truth of Scripture. When my mind is filled with God’s truth, there’s no room for it to wander off into negative, anxious, and destructive thinking. The Bible is filled with God’s wisdom and instruction that deliver His authentic and unwavering peace. By relying on Him, I can calm anxiety and embrace joy in my jumbled life. May you discover our holy God through His Word today,
The Journey of Calming Anxiety
If you’re wondering how to calm anxiety fast, I invite you to read more through other posts in this powerful series: