We’ve all got it to some degree--that wiggly, gnawing feeling in our guts. In the last week, I’ve noticed my own moments of upheaval and how my body is responding to them. It manifests in a frenetic energy that must be channeled or feels liable to consume me. That channeling these days has meant writing like I’m vomiting a dictionary, keeping my workout regimen, and posting on Instagram with the vigor of a twenty-something wellness influencer. It has also manifested in so. many. spreadsheets.
You might get the picture of what one might call a profound lack of rest. I’m still figuring out my own quarantine boundaries along with the rest of y’all. Whether you’re team GET EVERYTHING DONE NOW or team brownies on the couch mindlessly watching Netflix, we’re all in need of some deeper truths to rest on. So, for all of us, I’ve curated a list of Bible verses that we can take to the bank.
As you are figuring out what life even is right now, mayhaps try beginning each day quietly reflecting on one of these verses. Read them in context, or mayhaps you just focus on one verse per week and use it as a breath prayer. As you go through, notice the tone of your internal voice. Try reading them out loud with different inflections and intentions.
I pray that you are met in these words and you take just a little time each day to train your brain and spirit towards hope, not fear.
|1 Peter 5:6-7||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.|
|Psalm 119:49-50||Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.|
|Romans 8:38-39||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.|
|Jeremiah 29:11||“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”|
|Isaiah 43:2||When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.|
|Hebrews 11:13||All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.|
|Hebrews 11:1||Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.|
|Matthew 6:27||Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?|
|Matthew 6:34||Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.|
|Ecclesiastes 3:1||There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.|
|Psalm 62:1-2||Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.|
|Matthew 6:33-34||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.|
|Job 42:2-3||“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.|
|Philippians 4:6-7||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.|
|Job 23:10||But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.|
|Psalm 145:18-19||The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.|
|Colossians 1:19-20||For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in [Christ], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.|
|Philippians 4:19||And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.|
|2 Corinthians 4:16-18||Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.|
|2 Corinthians 1:20||For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.|
|Isaiah 41:10||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 58:11||The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.|
|Philippians 1:6||Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.|
*Note: All verses are from the New International Version