Bible Verses On Stress

At some point we all deal with stress. It may be a situation that causes us stress or it may be someone who causes us stress. Whatever the source of stress, the solution to stress is in the Bible. One of the ways the Bible is the solution to stress is in the many biographical stories we find in the Bible.

The Bible verses on stress specifically addresses worry that represents a lack of trust in God. God’s design for anxiety was that it would be a “short-lived” response to a threat. Anxiety becomes problematic when it is not related to realistic fears, becomes a chronic pattern when it interferes with normal body functioning. Here are 34 bible verses on stress to help combat it.


A Webster:

  1. “Strain, pressure. Force exerted upon the body that tends to strain or deform its shape.
  2. Urgency, importance.
  3. Tension, strained exertion: as the stress of war.”

Stress is the result of demands made upon the body. Events or experiences cause mental tension or when our bodies strain to function normally. Stress is reflected as accelerated heartbeat, a rise in blood pressure, headache or other localized pain, cramped muscles or skin eruptions. It can also affect one’s ability to think or behave rationally or appropriately. When mental or emotional stress results in changes in the body’s normal physiological pattern or functions the condition is frequently described as psychosomatic in origin (psyche: mind . . . soma/somatic: body.”

In simple terms stress is the wear and tear of life.  Some stress can be good for us. The key, however, is in how we adjust to it, and in its duration. It is long term stress that may kill us. The damage comes when the adrenal flow is too long.

Prolonged stress can create disease and emotional problems. Short-term stress is a normal function which is normally handled by glands and organs without any problem. In essence, stress can be considered anything that tends to change the control that one would ordinarily have over their body and emotions.

Bible Verses On Stress And For Times Of UncertaintyThe Bible verses on stress specifically addresses worry that represents a lack of trust and God designed anxiety to be “short-lived” not long-term.

Bible Verses On Stress: Comfort!

1 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

(MSG)_ God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”

2 “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

(MSG)_ Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

3“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

(MSG)_ Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

4 “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
(MSG)_ Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.

5 “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:76
(MSG)_ Oh, love me—and right now!— hold me tight! just the way you promised.

6 “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9
(MSG)_ God’s a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times.

7 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
(MSG)_ God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.

8 “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

(MSG)_ I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

Bible Verses On Stress:Worrying?

9 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and selfdiscipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

(MSG)_ God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

10 “…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 40:31
(MSG)_ But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

11 “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

12 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1

13 “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

14 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19

Bible Verses On Stress: Trust God

15 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

16 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

17 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

18 “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

19 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Bible Verses On Stress:Peace

20 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

21 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

23 “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25

24 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Bible Verses On Stress: Fear

25 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

26 Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

27 ” Luke 12:24-34 “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin.

Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

28 Psalm 4:8 – “I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, LORD, make me live in safety.”

29 Psalm 119:97 – “How I love Your teaching! It is my meditation all day long.”

30 Psalm 147:143 – “Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but Your commands are my delight.”

31 Jesus, in the midst of busy activities, said to His apostles: “He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” Mark 6:31

Powerful Bible Verses On Stress

32 John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”

33 John 16:33 – “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

34 1 Peter 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.”

Stress is an individual thing . . . No two persons react the same way to the pressures and tensions of life.  Be careful about creating stress for others . . . . . . Be aware of others who create stress for you. Jesus Christ is the answer to all our needs. Peace is ours to possess . . . The challenge is to claim it. Work with Jesus to slow down . . . Work with Jesus to calm down . . . Work with Jesus to know His true peace.