Anxiety is no joke. Millions of Americans are caught in the battle- a battle between what’s real and what might be, a battle between what we know and what we fear, a battle between what we want and what’s out of our control. With my introverted nature, anxiety tends to consume my mind with thoughts of worry, inadequacy, and fear. Yes, anxiety can be life-dominating.
Fundamentally, anxiety forces us to consider a simple, yet profound question: Can God be trusted? Most Christians who deal with anxiety often fall into a trap of self-deprecation as a result. I guess I should just have more faith. However, this is robbing Peter to pay Paul. It is swapping one sin for another- that is, it is swapping an inordinate focus on self (worry) with another inordinate focus on self (self-deprecation). You are still the center of your thoughts. Scripture doesn’t call us to overcome anxiety with an inward focus or a pseudo-repentance. No, friend, it invites us to take our eyes off of ourselves and our situation and look to a loving, all-wise, omnipotent God.
Jerry Bridges gives us some comforting words in his book Trusting God:
“God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.”
Paul writes, “…do not be anxious about anything,but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). Paul invites us to give our worries to God. We can do this when we are reminded that he loves us, that he is all-wise, and that he is omnipotent. To say it another way, we can trust a God who wants the best for us, knows what is best for us, and is able to bring it to pass in our lives for his glory. Anxiety is an unfortunate result of human depravity. But be encouraged: You don’t beat it by “trying harder” or mustering up more faith. No, look to Jesus and see him- see his love, his wisdom, and his power. He is trustworthy and he invites your weary heart to rest in him today.
Solid Deo Gloria