The Bible has much to say about work, money, and relationships. It also has a lot of wisdom we can apply to our daily work life. Stress at work is a fact of life for many people, and even my clients sometimes struggle with it. So here are 17 Bible verses to help you deal with the stress in your life:
Bible verses for stress at work
Philippians 4:13 – Strength from God at work.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
You can’t do anything in this world by your might or power; you can only do it through the Lord’s strength which is always sufficient for everyone.
We need the Lord’s strength to do everything well, and he will always give us the power to guide our ways.
Psalm 37:23-24 – A happy ending.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT)
The Lord created us and gave us the power to work as humans; sometimes, you will be stressed out and weak.
But when you believe in the Lord, he will always guide your steps; despite your weak stage, you will not fall because the Lord is your strength and dwelling place.
He will always be happy and excited about every good thing we do.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in God.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
When it seems your path is shattered and your strength fails, always trust in the Lord because he will always guide you through and make your way perfect for you.
Don’t assume you can do everything on your own, trust in the Lord and invite him to guide you through. He never fails. He will always be there in time.
James 1:5 – Ask God for wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
James 1:5 (ESV)
God is the giver of wisdom and never withdraws from giving anyone whenever we request it. However, there will be a time you will be overworked, stressed, and tired, yet you still have to meet up targets, and your knowledge has ended. In such time, call on the Lord; he will answer you and give you wisdom.
Psalm 46:1 – When troubled at work.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
No man can ever be there for a fellow man readily that God is always present whenever we call him. He gives us his strength whenever we are weak, and when we are in trouble, he is always ready to help us.
Psalm 105:4 – Seeking strength from above.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Psalm 105:4 (NIV)
David was a warrior and a man after God’s own heart. This is to say that no one gives us strength when we are weak like God. We are to look unto him and have the power we need to face life and work.
Psalm 25:3 – Hope in God.
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame.
Psalm 25:3 (NIV)
From the days of old to now, no one has ever had hope in God, and then he gets into shame. No one ever gets weak and has not been strengthened by God. When you are weak, stressed, and down, look unto God, call on him, and he will never fail to answer.
Jeremiah 32:27 – Nothing too hard for God.
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?
Jeremiah 32:27 (NASB)
The word of God came unto Prophet Jeremiah during the tenth reign of King Zedekiah when the King of Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar, besieged Jerusalem and shut Jeremiah in prison. The Lord God ministered to Jeremiah about the things that would happen in Jerusalem and Babylon.
He told Jeremiah that He made heaven and earth with his power; he asked Elijah if there was anything too hard for him?; He stated to Jeremiah that he brought out the children of Israel from Egypt with signs and wonders and gave them rest from stress; definitely, nothing is too hard for God to do.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 – Avoiding stress at work.
…and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NIV)
This is one of the guidance that Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy wrote to the brethren in Thessalonian. They instructed them to do what is good and live a quiet life, and they should mind their business to avoid stress.
They were instructed to work with their hands and avoid things that will bring them stress at work, such as doing things that don’t concern them.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Seek help through prayers.
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 (NIV)
This verse shows us that we should be thankful to God always and not be stressed about anything but submit all our requests to God in prayers.
When we hand over our request to God, he makes everything possible for us and takes care of everything while we rest.
We should let the peace that God gives us for free guard our hearts; we shouldn’t be worried or stress ourselves about the cares of life but do our best and leave the rest to God.
1 Corinthians 4:12 – Move ahead.
We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it.
1 Corinthians 4:12, NIV
This was Paul’s first letter to Corinthians, and he advised them of the way of the Lord, encouraging them to hold unto that which is correct. He told them how they would be persecuted for Christ’s sake, but they have to forge ahead and do that, which is good.
Anyone that curses them when they are doing the Lord’s will should not get revenge, but they should bless them and endure persecutions. He further advised them to work hard with their hands.
1 Corinthians 15:58 – Your labor is not in vain.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
There is nothing that you do for the Lord that will be in vain, and God rewards every good thing we do for him. Therefore, we must stand still and work for the Lord because he will reward us richly one day.
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in God with all your heart.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
The way of the Lord makes everything beautiful and perfect; stand still in the Lord, believe in him, and don’t stress yourself to look for help elsewhere; he gives support and hopes to the hopeless.
Don’t trust only your understanding; let God’s will be revealed in your life. Believe in him, and everything will work out for you.
James 1:2 – Plans for Good.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”
James was a servant and a disciple of Christ; he wrote a letter encouraging the children of Christ to see every challenge as a milestone to success. Any trials you face should be counted as Joy because those trials are pathways to our development.
Therefore, as a child of God, see every challenge, temptation, and trial as the Lord’s doing to uplift you from glory to glory and have his good plans manifest in you, methods of good, not evil.
Psalm 112:7 – A steadfast heart.
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
Children of God that work for God keep his commandments, and fear him will have no fear of bad news, just like Job, who didn’t fear awful news but continued to trust God for a better outcome.
The children of God always believe in God with no fear because they believe God is their keeper and a strong tower; no one runs to him and is still shattered. Therefore, we must cast our cares on the Lord and believe in him for better days.
Matthew 6:34 – Worrying about tomorrow?
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
This is the word of Jesus Christ to his disciples. He told them not to stress about tomorrow because tomorrow will always take care of itself.
Every day comes with problems and temptations, but you don’t have to worry because the Lord will always be in control.
Instead of worrying, just God’s face and kingdom, make him your priority, and every other thing will always be yours.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
The Lord God told his disciples and the multitude not to let their hearts be trouble, and he told them to believe in him and in his father, who lives in heaven.
When you believe in God, you can move mountains and do what people think is possible; everything is possible with God.
Let’s build our faith in and believe in him as he will relieve our stress and make way for us.