Where do you turn when you are anxious?
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” —A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: HarperCollins, 1978), 1.
Where do you turn in your anxiety?
I humbly add; where you turn in times of anxiety is what you worship.
What is the first thing you do when the long cold fingernails of anxiety bite into your heart? Do you turn inward and start the long list of what ifs? Do you grab your phone for distraction?
Anxiety is a fear.
It is a fear of failure, or loss of something.
Understanding Fear in Its Many Expressions
- Anxiety – Background static fear, always present to varying degrees.
- Insecurity – An uncertainty that gives you a defensive footing to life.
- Nervousness – The nerves are on edge about some situation, real or imagined.
- Panic – The sense of fear is so strong that bodily response is strong.
- Passivity – A tendency toward paralysis in life that occurs because of real or perceived threats everywhere.
- Control – A tendency to seek knowledge and control about a situation in order to influence the outcome for good. Perfectionism, over-preparation.
- Worry- trying to take control of a situation.
The Bible has much to say about fear and anxiety, however lately this one verse has really had an impact on my heart.
1 Peter 5:6–7 (ESV): 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
The first step is to recognize that we are not God! Who has a mightier hand than God?
Tangent Alert: Stop I know what you are thinking God doesn’t have actual hands right? Talking about God having hands is symbolic, our tiny human minds cannot grasp the meaning of things without some symbolism, thus hands.
12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand?
Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?
Who else knows the weight of the earth
or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? –Isaiah 40
God has done all that above, yet we can’t even control how tall we are.
We have anxiety because we hold our desires in our hands, not putting it on the mighty hand of God (vs 6)
Step two, we recognize that we have sinned, this is hard for us because we like to blame others for our feelings and behaviors.
Let us be honest for a moment, we are anxious because we want or hope for something, that something may or may not be what God wants for us. We are holding on to things that we should not hold on too.
God promises that those who are in Christ Jesus.
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” John 10:26
Step three, After recognizing your sin and praying for forgiveness for your lack of trust, seek to know the desires that are ruling you. What desires are you holding onto with a closed fist? Now is the time to open that fist and hand it to God, who is much better equipped to handle these things.
Feelings of anxiety are nothing more than warning flags that something is not right in your life.
Jesus gives us life more abundant John 10:10, if you are not feeling that abundant life now is a time examine your heart and see if you have truly given all your desires to God and placed your trust in Jesus. If you have yet to do that please do it now.
Peace is available and the Bible helps us to see things more clearly.
I pray that the peace that passes all understanding abides in your heart after you read this.