We live in an age and culture of worry. If we do not hold our problems and responsibilities tightly and handle them ourselves, we are viewed as weak or less than worthy. But this is not how God wants us to live. We are taught throughout the Bible that we are to give our worries and concerns to God, trusting that He can lead us through them.
Here are fifteen ways scripture teaches us to cast our cares to the Lord.
#1 Prayer is key to finding peace
Paul says in 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.”
When we are anxious, we are told to pray and bring our concerns to God. As we release our fears and worries, God’s peace is free to take their place in us.
#2 Jesus can overcome anything life sends our way
Jesus has provided the path to salvation, overcoming the greatest evil and destruction that can befall us.
He says in John 16:33…
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
No matter what we experience in this life, He has overcome it. Jesus is victorious. Take solace in the truth that He can overcome the source of your worries too.
#3 God is always with you in your trials
God is right beside us as we walk through the troubles of life. Rather than live fearfully, we can be secure in our trust of a loving, almighty Father.
Isaiah 41:10 says…
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
When we see how powerfully God moves on our behalf, we can release our fears and be confident in God’s ability to hold us safely in His hands.
#4 God can lift up a hurting soul
Troubles will never fully go away, and sometimes we feel inundated by them.
But Psalm 94:19 says…
“When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul.”
Our life is full of hurt and heartbreak, but God can soothe that pain through the constant reminder of His presence. Take heart that He is the remedy for every fear you bring before Him.
#5 Know that God always cares for you
Peter says in 1 Peter 5:7…
“Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
The simplest truths are often the most complete: we can give all our anxieties and fears over to God because they can always be fully answered by His tender care for each of us.
#6 Jesus commands us to seek God in all things
Jesus spoke often about worry and about trusting God. He says in Matthew 6:33-34…
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
He knows that God will provide our every need, and so instructs us to direct our focus and attention to Him before anything else. When our eyes and hearts seek God first and foremost, everything else will fall into place.
#7 You were made to trust and live courageously
Paul is an ideal example of someone who did not let anxieties or trouble bring him down.
He teaches us in 2 Timothy 1:7…
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Any fears you hold onto are not from God. God is not the author of fear; instead, He releases us from fear and worry because of His power and love. His Spirit in us can overcome every anxiety we face.
#8 His peace is perfect, and it is promised to each of us
Isaiah 26:3 says…
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
When we worry, we hold our fears back from God and assume that He can’t handle them. But when we release our fears and trust Him, He imparts a perfect peace that answers ever fear. Trusting God is the only way to take the wind out of our anxieties.
#9 God is the One Who can save us from fear
Our anxieties can’t be overcome by human effort – fretting and fear cannot defeat what troubles us. Only God can provide the way out.
God Himself says in Isaiah 40:13…
“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I Who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the One Who helps you.’”
God has promised that He will help us. When we feel anxiety creep back into our hearts, we should remind ourselves that God is the Victor and He will hold our hands through every trial and dark path, leading us safely into His presence.
#10 Jesus confronts the futility of worry
Jesus says in Luke 12:25…
“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Worry is pointless and fruitless. Instead of extending our lives, it robs us of a life of joy and peace and therefore takes away the full life we can live in Christ. He goes on to teach that trusting in Him and seeking Him first is the only way to experience a full life not marred by selfish worry.
#11 Shifting our focus can ease our fears
It’s not just about releasing our fears, it’s about refocusing on the things of God.
Philippians 4:8 says…
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
It is good for us to give our anxieties and worries to God, but we must be diligent to replace them with things that reflect His character and nature. This is essential to replace a spirit of fear with a spirit of trust and peace.
#12 God is willing to bring us through our trials
God does not leave us alone in our struggles or worries. He promises to sustain us through them.
Psalm 55:22 says…
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
He not only delivers us out from trouble but gives us His strength and provision so we can endure them. If we trust Him, He will save us in the fire.
#13 We do not go through our worries alone in this life
As you trust in God, remember that the church is here to walk with you as well.
Hebrews 12:1-2 says…
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
A loving and supportive church home is essential to a full, biblical belief in God. Recognizing that Jesus sets the course for our lives and is our ultimate goal, we can build each other up and walk alongside each other through our anxieties.
#14 When you can’t do anything else, just look to God
Even if God seems silent, and nothing else has worked, remember that God is the Creator of everything and is quick to help us.
Psalm 121:1-2 says…
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”
This beautiful psalm of trust and reliance on God begins from a longing to see Him keep His promise to help us in our trials. Just lift your eyes up to God and see that He is there, and praise Him for being our Creator and Father.
#15 What we fear might happen is never too much for God
Romans 8:31 say…
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
This powerful truth can slay every dragon and rescue from every trap. Our anxieties are never a match for the power of God. We can remain fully confident that He is capable of answering our worries if we will trust in Him.
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.