In the Bible anxiety is frequently depicted as the common human reaction to stressful circumstances.
The psalmist confesses that anxiety is “great” within him (Ps. 94:19). Anxiety is portrayed in the Scripture as being inconsistent with trust in God. David prays: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thought” (Ps. 139:23).
Anxiety frequently manifests itself in ungodly concern about provision, performance, or reputation, and appears to be rooted in incomplete knowledge, lack of control over circumstances, or failure to take an “eternal” perspective on things (Matt. 6:25–34; 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11–12, 22–34)
Jesus did not prohibit genuine concern about food or shelter, but He did teach that we should keep things in their proper perspective. We should make God’s kingdom our first priority; everything else will fall in line after we do that (Matt. 6:33).