Sometimes, we act like anxiety is a new thing that we all experience in our everyday lives. But, honestly, anxiety is as old as life itself. It’s even in the Bible! King David, a man after God’s own heart, had anxious thoughts and pleaded with God to help him. The proverbs tell us that an anxious heart weighs us down, but kind words cheer us up. Even the apostle Paul says in the Book of Philippians not to be anxious but to take all our anxiety to God with prayer and thanksgiving.
Obviously, that can be easier said than done for most of us, especially when our minds are racing a mile a minute and a riot of emotions has taken us over. Anxiety manifests itself in many ways that are all too relatable.
If we Don’t take our Anxiety to God we can feel:
- Hopelessness and helplessness
- That “out of control” feeling
- Fast heart rate and rapid breathing
- Uncontrollable sweating
- Fear and dread
- Physical and emotional exhaustion
- Sleeping problems
- Muscle tension
- Feelings of uncertainty
What does God say about anxiety?
When all else fails, take all your anxiety to God. Believe it or not, God knows this world can cause us anxiety. Even He recognizes those struggles are real. But he cares for us and wants to meet all of our needs.
Psalm 55 says for us to cast our cares on the Lord and that he will sustain us.
In Peter, Chapter 5, we’re told to cast all our anxiety on God because he cares for us.
Throughout God’s word, he reassures us that he will never leave us or forsake us. He also says that we can come boldly before Him to receive mercy and find grace — even in our darkest hour.
When we READ His word, meditate on it, and listen, His word guides and leads us in hope and peace. By knowing God is love and that we are loved by God, we can TRUST that God is always there for us and has HIS best for us.
Life feels chaotic, but it’s really going to be OK!
Regardless of whether the anxiety and stress you are feeling right now is purely a temporary situational thing or a chronic, difficult problem that you face every day seemingly for no reason, we all have the choice and power to meditate and pray. We can read God’s word for encouragement, strength, and hope to deal with these difficulties. And we can develop and engage in Godly relationships for support in times of need.
I’m not alone. Neither are you. God is for us — even during the most anxiety-filled times of our lives.
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