What am I going to do?
I am not happy? ¬†I feel overwhelmed.
I have too much going on and I don’t know how I am going to be able to do all of this.
What will tomorrow look like?
Will I be able to help my family?
Will they think I’m a failure?
What about me?
Where is my place in all of this?
These are questions that we all ask at some point in time in our lives. ¬†Sometimes we ask the questions and then continue to be productive in life. ¬†At other times, these questions cause us to begin to experience certain emotions within ourselves that are hard to get past. ¬†Whether we realize it or not, when we do not deal¬†with these thoughts in the correct manner, they produce anxiety within us.
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. ¬†~Proverbs 12:25
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as…
a condition of mental uneasiness arising from fear or solicitude.
Very few of us can say that we have never experienced anxiety. ¬†From the moment that we begin to ask questions like, what am I going to do, and are not able to provide and answer, anxiety arises within us. ¬†We are uncertain about the future and become fearful because we have no confidence in the future of our lives or circumstances. ¬†As this happens, we become anxious.
anxious- deeply concerned, very solicitous; apprehensive.
That’s right, we become deeply concerned. ¬†Our minds begin to wonder and we feel that we must do something to secure the future, so that we might feel more confident in what is to transpire in our lives.
apprehensive- fearful of evil; anxious for the future.
Not many of us do not want to admit that we are fearful. ¬†We don’t want to say that we are fearful of evil. ¬†We don’t want to admit that we are anxious about the future, but we might say that we are apprehensive at times. ¬†Yet, it is important that we truly understand what we are saying¬†when we use words. ¬†When we say that we are apprehensive, we are admitting that we are fearful. ¬†We are admitting that we lack the confidence needed to walk courageously without anxiety.
solicitude- the state of being solicitous (eager, anxious, apprehensive, concerned); concerned; carefulness
These are the words that we can use to explain how we feel in an emotional state like this.
What does anxiety demonstrate?
More than we realize, our anxiety demonstrates that we are not trusting in God and more importantly, that we do not trust God.
Think about that for a moment.
Fear of the future is a direct indicator of our lack of trust in who God is and all that He has promised us.
Fear is apprehension of evil or danger; dread; anxiety; solicitude; to be in fear or feel anxiety.
God has said over and over again in the Bible that we should not fear. ¬†One example is in Joshua 1:9. ¬†Another is in Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I¬†am¬†with you;
Be not dismayed, for I¬†am¬†your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand
Did you get that? ¬†He said that he would take care of you. ¬†He told you that with His hand He would uphold you. ¬†Think about it.
When we fear and are anxious, we lack trust in the words that God has said to us. ¬†We don’t trust that He will keep His promises to us.
What has God said?
God has said over and over again that we should not fear. ¬†Yet we do. ¬†Even the Psalmists worried and was full of anxiety. ¬† Psalm 94:16-18
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
Still, he had to bring himself back to a place of remembrance.
Unless the¬†Lord¬†had been¬†my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
¬†If I say, ‚ÄúMy foot slips,‚ÄĚ
Your mercy, O¬†Lord, will hold me up.
When we are going through struggles or feeling anxious, we find it hard to remember the things that God has done for us in the past. ¬†We forget words that God¬†has said to us in that great love letter, the Bible. ¬†The awesome¬†thing about God is that He never tires of giving us more direction.
And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?¬†If you then are not able to do¬†the¬†least, why are you anxious for the rest?¬†Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.¬†If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more¬†will He clothe¬†you, O¬†you¬†of little faith?
‚ÄúAnd do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.¬†¬†For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.¬†¬†But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things¬†shall be added to you.
‚ÄúDo not fear, little flock, for it is your Father‚Äôs good pleasure to give you the kingdom‚Ä¶” ~Luke 12:25-32
Man might not stand by His word. However, we are not talking about man. ¬†We are talking about the Almighty God. ¬†By His word are the heavens upheld. (Hebrews 1:3: Genesis 1:3) ¬†By His word the sun shines and the moon gives us light at night. ¬†If He were to fail us, by not keeping His word‚Ä¶the whole world would fall apart…
This is why it is important for us to stop being anxious. ¬†We must trust in our God. ¬†We must have faith in who He is and what He has said He would do. (Hebrews 11:6) ¬†When we trust him, the health of our bodies will improve. ¬†Our bones will be stronger and we will not suffer depression. ¬†He has given us good words throughout the Bible, but we must have faith in Him in order for them to be of some help to us.
In short, I am say “Stop It!”
I hope you enjoyed the clip and found this post helpful. ¬†Join me next week as I discuss this topic more.