This topic has been written about more than nearly any other...this topic of anxiety. Anxiety is our best indicator that we are not in control of our lives. Our hearts and minds race with anxiety telling us things are out of control, that the world is inching towards chaos. Fear and anxiety rage in our culture. Volumes rise, tempers flare, anger and fear produce conflict. All of it comes from a deep sense of a world out of my control....a world that isn't safe....and anxiety rises as the fear of our own pain and discomfort increase.
Anxiety causes sleepless night, broken families, angry outbursts, irrational reactions to little things that normally would mean nothing.
Anxiety says to us, YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL!
And our fears rise.
If you aren't a Christian you have good reason to be anxious. There is no one to go to for help. You are on your own! That reality causes anxiety beyond words for anyone thinking about all that is spinning out of control around us.
If you are a Christian and still anxious you have forgotten one important truth- you belong to the God who IS in control of everything and he loves you. In the night, last night, I had to have this talk with myself as I lay in bed anxious over everything. (It's amazing how many things you can worry about all at once.)
This morning, as I'm working through my own anxieties, I got a text from a friend,
"Be anxious for nothing!"
That was it. God working through another believer to deal with my fears and remind me of one of the most important passages dealing with anxiety in the bible. Here it is,
"Why, my soul, are you downcast?