If you are feeling on edge, worried, or anxious you are not alone! Uncertainty quickly leads to fear and fear erodes away at our faith. Fear can be powerful. In fact, fear is one of satan's most used tactics to get us to doubt God. We have the power to overcome anxiety and fear with God's promises. Despite what we feel, we need to remind ourselves that God is in control. When everything around us feels out of control, we can allow Scripture to prove to us that God has been, is, and will be sovereign over our lives and world. He is our peace and comfort. Here are 10 of my favorite Bible verses that remind me that God is in control.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (ESV).
This passage of Scripture assures us that God knows what He’s doing, His thinking is different than ours when it comes to what is best for us and His ways – and everything He allows – are so much higher and better than ours. Despite what we see around us, we can take a pause and refocus on what really matters. Let the "big things" become little in the hands of God.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Moses spoke these words to Joshua as he commissioned him to take the Israelites into the Promised Land. But we can glean from these words the hope and confidence today that God goes before us, He walks alongside us, and He’s got our backs. He will not leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and He is well aware of all that is happening, all that has happened, and all that will happen according to His wisdom, His love, and His plan. We do not need to fear when we have God going ahead of our tomorrows.
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Whether it is sickness, disease, loss of a job, betrayal, or even our own sin - God shows up. His grace supports us and sustains us. He strengthens our soul through trials and in the moment of death, he conquers the grave. Our souls are safe and secure in the Lords' hands.
2 Chronicles 2:17
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
This verse reinforces that God wants His people to be humble and dependent on Him. He is the Gentle Healer and the Great Physician. He can heal individually, as well as heal nations physically, economically, spiritually. But He desires we call out to Him for help. Trust what He is allowing to effect you, your family, and the world, and cry out to Him for healing. The best thing we can do when we are overwhelmed with anxiety is to cry out to God in prayer.
"He refreshes my soul, He guides me along the right paths for his names' sake."
Psalm 23 is a beautiful chapter of the Bible in which David acknowledges God's goodness and protection in his life. David has come to learn the comfort in depending upon God. He recounts his experience as God being a shepherd for Him - leading him through troubles and guiding him. We can have confident hope that God will provide for us throughout all of life.
"As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore."
Jerusalem is surrounded by natural fortification - Mount Zion on the north, mount of Olives on the east, and other mountains on remaining sides. Just as Jerusalem is protection, God surrounds and protects us with his favor and lovingkindness. He is our shield and guards us with his providential hand. God does not leave us nor forsake but guides us even unto death. When you're worried you can remember that God is surrounding you on all sides!
"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."
God gives us the prescription for anxiety - and that is prayer. Be quick to pray when the anxious thoughts begin to rise. When we take our requests to God we are allowing Him to work in our lives and take control of our thoughts and emotions. We cannot understand supernatural peace until we surrender our mind to God's ways and thoughts. Meditating on Scripture and praying throughout the day will allow us to see events through God's perspective.
"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."
Jesus Christ knew that his time to die was approaching. As he prepared his disciples he left them with the promise of his legacy - peace. The Gospel of Jesus is peace, both eternal peace through His death and resurrection and peace on earth. By faith in Jesus we find relief from our worries and fear. Any peace the world offers is temporary and fleeting, the peace that Christ offers is lasting and solid. We can trust a loving God who would offer up His son as a payment for our sins in exchange for eternal and earthly peace.
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
There is beauty in everything God has created. He orders all things and upholds their purpose. We may not always understand why God allows for things to happen in our lives that cause pain, fear, and worry. However, we can trust that He has a beautiful purpose for it.
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
Faith is believing that God exists, that he rewards those who seek him and that we can hope in him because his promises will always be true. Faith does not require perfection, but consistent belief that God is in control and we are to live in accordance to His will. A life of faith is lived in believing the promises of God to be true and clinging to them when we are uncertian. Faith does not need to see to believe that God is in control.