In these troubled times, with so much political and economic uncertainty, anxiety in America is on the rise. In fact, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reports that 32.3% of adults now suffer from mental health issues.
As of 2023, adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have the highest rate of anxiety and depression, with a shocking 49.9% reporting some form of symptoms.
The Bible Might Provide The Relief You Need
What is one to do when faced with such challenging emotions? Amid this unprecedented mental health crisis, many Christians have turned to an old friend: the King James Bible.
First published in 1611, the KJV has become the world’s most-published book, offering readers far and wide comfort. Presented here are 5 top KJV verses to meditate on when you feel anxiety coming on.
1. 1 Peter 5:7
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
In 1 Peter 5, Peter urges his fellow Christians to be humble and steadfast so that God may raise them up when the time is right. Faith in God is presented as the key to withstanding suffering, in the knowledge that your fellow people suffer just as you do.
But in this verse about resisting temptation and holding faith, Peter urges you to give your “cares,” or anxiety and worries, to God and trust that His love will see you through.
2. Philippians 4:6
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Here, when Paul says not to be “careful”, he means not to worry about anything and instead offer your needs to God through prayer.
Elsewhere in this chapter, Paul tells the Philippians what to focus on instead of anxieties and worries: “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report.”
3. Proverbs 12:25
“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
Anxieties and worries only serve to weigh you down, according to this verse. One interpretation dictates that reading the “Good Word,” the Scriptures, is a balm to anxiety. Another is that by acting with kindness, you can ease your worries.
When you are anxious, speak and act kindly, not just to others, but to yourself. After all, how can you “love your neighbor as yourself” if you are unkind to yourself to begin with?
4. Matthew 6:34
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Here, Jesus spells out his advice on worrying about the future: just don’t. Worrying is borrowing trouble from the future, he says, instead of focusing on the here and now.
Throughout Matthew 6, Jesus talks about how the sparrows, despite being so much less than the faithful, are cared for and fed every day by God. The lilies, meanwhile, are clothed better than kings.
These examples prove that God will provide what you need for each day, so there’s no need to take on tomorrow’s cares just yet.
5. Lamentations 3:22-23
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
The author of this chapter speaks both to God and the reader.
To God, he offers gratitude that He is always with us. To the reader, he reminds us of God’s mercy. He emphasizes that it helps us get through each day. He also highlights God’s care for us daily.
Finally, he stresses that every morning offers a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to trust in God’s mercy and compassion to guide us.
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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.