Every day, in daily lives many people in this world are filled with unknown circumstances. They don’t know what today or tomorrow will bring. There are so many things that we can speculate on that might cause anxiety. This can cause worry or anxiety. I am interested to write my thought about this issue because many of my friends asked me to write about it.
Anxiety is a feeling that comes over us all from time to time. Where does it come from? Why do we experience it? The Bible has some clear, truthful insight on this. Let’s dive into the scripture.
God commands us to not be anxious. Let’s we take a look in this Bible verse: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” (Luke 12:22-23) A real, genuine faith requires us to actually believe that God will provide for us. When we take the focus off of us and what we can do, it makes trusting in God and what He can do much easier. Anxiety is all about us and nothing about God. That is why we are commanded to stop being anxious. God has a plan for every step of our life. Anxiety is only a stumbling block and a hindrance to walking on the path that God has set for us.
Anxiety and worry are tools that the Devil has used throughout history to hinder God’s people from moving. I choose the story of Moses to describe this statement.
When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, He asked Moses to go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:10) First of all, this was God physically speaking to Moses. We think that would have been enough for Moses to obey. Moses’ response is, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) Moses was worried that he was not going to be able to accomplish this task because he was a “nobody”. Further on in Exodus 3:14-21, God tells His game-plan to Moses about how Moses will come out victorious. Still Moses was doubtful and anxious about it all. Moses says, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice.” (Exodus 4:1) Then God gives Moses 2 signs to show that He is Almighty God and nothing can stop His will. He makes Moses’ staff turn into a serpent and then turn back into a staff again. (Exodus 4:3-4) Then God makes Moses’ hand leprous and then restores his hand to normal. (Exodus 4:6-7) After these two signs and more explanation from God, Moses says, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10) God then reassures Moses that he will be OK because God will teach him what to speak. (Exodus 4:12) Moses then speaks his most anxious reply to God, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” (Exodus 4:13) Moses was focused on himself, instead of focusing on God. That is why he was so anxious and worried. Had he enough faith to believe God and move, this whole ordeal would not have happened. Of course God still accomplished His will and Moses did deliver the Israelites out of the hands of Pharaoh.
In the case of Moses, Satan used fear, anxiety and worry to get the best of them. This is why so many Christians today aren’t moving where God wants them to go. Don’t worry about anything if we are feeling God telling us to move. If God wants us to take a step in any direction, He already has our path set before us. All we have to do is walk on the path He has set. He will take care of us. Give God us worries in prayer and let Him lead us.
Anxiety is not productive. Anxiety is only a stumbling block and a hindrance to walking the path that God has set for us. “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:27; Luke 12:25). According some psychology books that I read anxiety does not add anything good to our life, including longer life. Actually, anxiety and stress have many negative effects on the body from high blood pressure and heart attacks, migraines and sleeplessness, also can lead to worse certain symptoms or diseases.
Anxiety and worry causes one to ‘not hear God’s still small voice.’ If you worry, and not give your cares unto God, you will miss His voice telling you what to do. We are to give all of our cares unto Him, and if we worry about things in how to make them better, He will allow us to ‘try’, until we realize there is nothing that we can do to make it better. WE cannot do anything in our own abilities. (Great suggestion from Apostle of Jesus Christ Solael ) (solaelministrieschruchwithoutwalls.org)
Anxiety is nothing but trouble. Try to avoid it whenever possible. We are commanded to not be anxious, anxiety is a tool of Satan, and our health is in danger when we stay anxious for extended periods of time. Whatever problems arise, remember that if God brings us to it, He will bring us through it. God bless us as we live a life worthy of the calling! Amen.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
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