Bible Verses For Stress: 20 Helpful Scriptures

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Stress: you know the feeling; everything is coming undone. You feel as though your whole world is crumbling before your eyes. Your “inward parts are in turmoil and never still”, just like Job (Job 30:27). You may call it affliction, anxiety or tension. You are possibly physically ill with that stress headache again. You would give anything for this stress to be replaced with comfort, happiness and peace. Good news! The Bible has many helpful scriptures for dealing with stress. Here are just twenty Bible verses for stress that I hope will encourage you, even on your worse day.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Rest, Peace and Healing

Isaiah 40:30,31 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Malachi 4:2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

Romans 8:6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Philippians 4:6,7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:6,7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Trust the Lord to Ease the Way

Bible Verses For Stress

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden

Psalms 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Psalms 103:1-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

Jeremiah 17:7,8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Give Me Jesus; His Strength is All I Need

Isaiah 55:1-3 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,  yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.

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

Luke 10:41-42 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

John 12:32 (KJV) And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (Jesus words)

1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Christian Quotes About Stress

“Many of those who once were so passionately in love with Christ now run about pursuing their own interests. They’re burdened down with stress and problems, chasing after riches and the things of this world.”  ~ David Wilkerson

“True leadership is tested and proved in crises. The real leader is the one who can handle the stress. He is the one who can solve the problems, bear the burdens, find the solutions, and win the victories when everyone else is merely flustered, confounded, and perplexed.”  ~ John MacArthur

“Since God intends to make you like Jesus, he will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through. That includes loneliness, temptation, stress, criticism, rejection, and many other problems.”  ~ Rick Warren

“In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety [stress].”  ~ A.W. Tozer

“An unpeaceful mind cannot operate normally. Hence the Apostle teaches us to “have no anxiety [stress] about anything” (Phil. 4:6). Deliver all anxious thoughts to God as soon as they arise. Let the peace of God maintain your heart and mind (v. 7).”  ~Watchman Nee


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

The Holy Bible, King James Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”– “Give Me Jesus” by Jeremy Camp

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrae Palmer September 1, 2011 at 8:12 am

Great post and also great resource i have found this very useful and will bookmark it as a reminder when i need encouragement plus also as a resource to write future blog post keep sharing the good news God bless you Pam and one love from Jamaica


Pam September 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

Andrae, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this article. It is a blessing and honor to share the Word of God with our readers around the world.


Jack September 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Superb as usual Pam. I tend to be the male version of Martha…and what I am doing is showing my lack of trust and faith in Jesus. I appreciate this for my own personal struggle. Thank you.


Seth Bales November 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’ve never read this site before but i just wanted to let you know that my spirit had been uplifted and soothed by your article. I’m still a student at Sam Houston State University and I cannot tell you how much this has meant to me especially with finals fast approaching. It has reminded me that i need to give it all back to the Lord and not fully lean on my own understanding.
Thank you and God bless!!!


Pam November 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

Oh Seth, what a blessing it is to hear from you! God is good He is always there for us — lean on Him and you will never have to trust yourself! I pray that you remember all that you have learned and can recall it for final exams. I will remember to pray for you in this. Thanks for taking the time to comment here at What Christians Want To Know. Be sure to visit regularly or even subscribe to our RSS feed and/or our email news letter.


Stormy January 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thank you so much for this list of verses! I was browsing the internet looking for something, a devotional or scripture reference, to nourish me. Every devotion I found felt disjointed, and didn’t seem to make sense… but this was a refreshing stream of life! I wanted to shout, “Hallelujah!” when I read the passage from Ps. 103. Also, I think this particular translation of the scriptures is beautiful, keeping more of the cadence and poetry of the old KJV, but speaking in modern language. I had been missing that with my NIV. Thank you, again!


Pam January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Hi Stormy, I am so glad that you found what you were looking for in this article. Did you get a chance to listen to that beautiful song in the upper right of this page? Jeremy Camp is a great man of God and his sincerity in this song makes me want to shout “Hallelujah”! I am so encouraged by your comment and so glad you took the time to comment here at WCWTK. Stop by regularly, we post lots of articles like this as well as some life application articles and commentaries.


Josh Seideman January 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Hey I just wanted to give a thanks to Pam for this article. I’m a leader of the FCA (fellowship of Christian athletes) at my high school. Lately,I’ve been really stressed, not getting sleep, and just plain not enough time with God. This article really helped me fight back at this low spot I’m in; hopefully it’ll speak to all the other Christians at my school that are feeling the exact same in this time around Finals of our classes.


Pam January 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Hi Josh, Well Praise the Lord that you visited WCWTK! I am so happy that you found what you needed in this simple article. No need to thank me son, it is my pleasure to share the Word of God with our readers. I will pray that God keeps you strong in Him and that your stress is relieved. Did you listen to that song up there at the top of the page by Jeremy Camp? Please do if you did not … it is a good song to have in your heart. My charge to you is that you build upon the foundation which is Jesus Christ daily. Stay in God’s Word DAILY and you will be amazed. Always make time for God first and then other things won’t stress you out so much.

Josh, I am so proud of your leadership in the FCA!

1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.


Kennedy March 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

I like this!


Pam Williams March 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Hi Kennedy. Thanks for stopping by to tell us that. Drop in again soon.


Jen March 22, 2012 at 2:28 am

Thank you for posting this list of verses. I am going through extreme stress and at a point of a melt down. Now I am laying all my burdens on Him and remembering that everything is for Him. It has eased my pain and stress levels.


Pamela Rose Williams March 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Hi Jen, Praise Jesus that you are resting in Him. I am so happy to dropped in at WCWTK.


Kris Dhuri June 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

Hi, My name is Kris and I’m from India, want to really thank you for the scriptures, these scriptures made available by you are really a stress buster and making me rethink over my life and steer it on a positive side, thanks again and may Jesus bless you with the desires of your heart.
God Bless.


chioma July 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

Thanks, this was very helpful and i wish to be coming to this site regularly. once again thanks.


Farai makauyo August 17, 2012 at 3:30 am

Thank u so much Pamela for your enthusiasm to let the word of God know around the world by posting these messages to us. I also found it helpful. Be increased everyday


Tafadzwa September 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Thank you so much for the articles Pam. I have found joy and relief after reading them, keep on doing the Almighty Lord God’s work and may he continue to bless you.


Sapna Jude September 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

Hi Pam,
Thanks for the wonderful message from the word related to stress. I am really blessed and encouraged. May the lord bless you and your family.
Be blessed in Christ,


Savota shijoh November 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hi…thank you so much for your encouraged words i’m really blessed through your message may God bless you as well as your family,and use you days to come thank you be blessed…Amen.


Rhonnie December 2, 2012 at 12:21 am

these verse have made to stand firm in Jesus. My wish is to put them in my heart always. Thanks.


anthony December 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

just browsing the net to find some encouragement. thanks for this verses. It encourages me a lot. I’m a teacher and having stress with my students… i feel down and discourage but thanks for the word of God lifted me up again. I’m from the Phil.


Pamela Rose Williams December 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Praise God Anthony! Thanks for leaving your comment here to let us know you were encouraged.


Emily nicole December 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Thank you for this, I have so much stress with school and I need these verses in everyday life. I have a biology test tomorrow + 3 more tests and I need to learn to put everything into God’s hands!! Please pray for me so that I do well. Thank you!


Greg January 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thanks for the post!

Here’s a few more quotes related to this topic:

“Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.”

“Anything big enough to occupy our minds is big enough to hang a prayer on.”
 George MacDonald

“I’m too blessed to be stressed.” Jesse Romero

And 250+ more Christian quotes here:

Thanks again!


sara January 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Really enjoyed the post it was just what i needed to read times have been hard and i have seen and realized that the only thing that helps is gods words and his promises. I know i dont know any of u but i sincerly ask for ur prayers. If there is one thing i need is more fellowship and believers. Thank u


Joe January 31, 2013 at 4:50 am

Great resources. I’ve been anxious about work. I woke up this morning and prayed about it. Googled it, and this page came up. I’m leaving for work feeling a lot better! God Bless


steffan February 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Wow i was getting overwhelmed today with all the things ive got going on and thought i was gonna have a panic attack. So I started googling to find something to calm me down and found this. It helped me so much and took ill my stress away thank you so much!!!! GOD BLESS YOU


Badejo femi February 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

This is great! i was researching for a leadership presentation in my church with topic as stress management.I got more than enough to present to people of God on his promise to take our burden away.God bless you richly!



Connie March 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hey great post! I’ve been feeling really stressed lately and reading your posts made me feel so much better! I especially liked the Rick Warren quote. Thank you and God bless!


cynthia March 22, 2013 at 11:26 am

I am dealing with a very difficult business partner. I am trying to exit this situation. I came upon this website a few week ago. I am here almost daily. I am no longer going to chase the riches of the world as it has not brought me happiness. I have lost myself and my mind and my faith. I am putting my stress and this situation in God’s hands. I pray daily that he wrap me in his blanket of love and comfort. I hope anyone that is reading this will lift me up in their prayers please! I know God will lead me to peace. I am willing to follow and do his will!!


Carol March 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

Hello Cynthia, I lift you up in prayer and know that everything that God has for you will be yours! My sister in Christ may you be blessed and keep God first in your life always, I don’t know you but love you with the love of our Father. Stay blessed and let Him lead you.



Carol March 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

This website has been food for my soul. I must say that after the death of my mother my faith may have been a bit off track and I left our house of worship. After trying a few different church homes none of the have felt like ‘home’. I feel after studying and looking up questions here that I can find ‘home’ anyplace God is present. Knowing that my questions have been asked before and that the Lord has answered them so long ago gives me strength to lean on Him once again and start over. Thank you Pam and!


madu March 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

forbearing one another and forgiving one another.if any man have a quarrel against any, even as christ forgave, so also do ye. colossians 3:13


jamie June 22, 2013 at 12:08 am

Thank you so much for your post. I am inspired and will surely take this information and apply it to my life. Everyday stress and also my relationship with my significant other has really put a toll on me but I know my Lord Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father have something in store for me. So in the mean time I’ve got to keep up my prayers and have faith. Thank you Pam. Much love from me to you.


chris July 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm

pam thank u so much. i was having a bad time and was looking for scripture when found this website the first scripture i read was isaiah 40:30 31, so i pick up my bible and i said to myself to just open it up to any random page and you would not believe it but the first scripture was isaiah 40:30 31, i know god spoke to me through scripture it was amazing, i am now going to live a righteous life the rest of my days.


Kenita Pierce-Lewis October 29, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Hi Pamela,
Loved it! I referenced this post in my blog and linked to it. Thank you for the post!


Kenita Pierce-Lewis October 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Hi Pamela,
Loved it! I referenced this post in my blog and linked to it. Thank you for the post!


FELIX . G December 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

Hi Pamela,

Thank you, for turning the mountain of stress to the valley,often time lots of people glamoring just for the way out but your site is a way out. May the lord continue to empowered you.


Mercedes December 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Hi Pam
I was feel so depressed until i went on your website, my spirit was lifted. May God continues to bless you and your family. Pam pray that God bless me with a wonderful husband, i am 46 and still single pls start praying…


Kathy Snead December 24, 2014 at 12:39 am

thank you so much for those Bible verses that I read I was so down and out industrious but when I finish reading those were Bible verses I feel so much better thank you keep up the good work in Jesus name.


Epamba February 4, 2015 at 12:37 am

God bless you! Awesome and inspiring. Landed on this site when I was down now am so much better..


Meka March 11, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Very uplifting, and inspiring. I felt like giving up but the Spirit of the Lord led me to this site, and I will continue to bless the Lord at all times and his praise shall continuously be in my mouth. I have a test tomorrow and I needed some uplifting yet powerful scriptures. I just want to say thanks for sharing your love of God with us.


meshack March 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm

I have been edified by these verses


grace chingoma February 23, 2016 at 3:43 am

i would like to subscribe and receive your newsletter.


Julie Beach November 5, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Hi Pamela – This morning I needed something so very direct from God like he has so many times lovingly done in past years when I have desperately so needed to feel as I might describe his heartbeat so close to mine. (for instance when my firstborn beautiful so gifted 21 year old son was killed while in the army) in 1987 and the passing of my late husband into eternity 1995, my Mum in 2003 and many other mountain valley experiences. I have not been online for awhile as it (facebook) has caused such a lot of words words words of people telling their minds that have been far more negatives than positives but thats what facebook has been designed for that people can share whats on their minds. It has been a blessing Im sensing to come on line this morning and see beautiful choruses sung and then to see your page. I would love to connect to what is on your heart and your experiences that you share. Thanks Pamela and Blessings in Abundance


Patricia Stewart September 7, 2018 at 10:34 am

Thank you so much!! Having a hard time today with all I’m going through. A headache stopped right after I read this. Sometimes I don’t lean on the Lord like I should. But I am learning. Please say a prayer.


Jack Wellman September 7, 2018 at 11:35 am

Praying now Mr. Stewart.


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