Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress. A feeling of fear or apprehension about the unknown future. It can be brought on by having to speak in public, starting a new job, an epidemic or a number of other stressful situations. A level of anxiety is normal and even healthy, as it sharpens our senses and increases our awareness of dangers that might cause us harm. However, extreme feelings of anxiety that last weeks or months, that interferes with our daily life, is unhealthy.
While there may be an issue that should be treated by a medical professional, there is also very likely help we can get from the Great Physician. God gives us so much, He gives us life, He gives us provision, He gives us joy and He gives us hope, and hope is key to overcoming anxiety.
The prophet Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 40:31 ~ those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
This hope is more than just a wish, like I hope it doesn’t rain today. It is trust based on the knowledge of what the Lord has done in the past and what He will do in the future.
The strength Isaiah mentions is a physical, mental and spiritual power that God provides. In the verses that follow, the prophet says. “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
Isaiah had a close, personal relationship with God, so he was assured of the things that he spoke of. God had assured him earlier in this amazing book of Scripture, “say to those with fearful hearts, Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” ~ Isaiah 35:4
God wants to be in a close relationship with every person in the world. The only way to have that close relationship is through the work that Jesus did on the cross. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16. The beloved Apostle John provided Jesus’ well known words above, as well as the intimacy God desires from us. John 1:12 ~ But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
As children of God, we can and should enjoy all the benefits of this close relationship.
Luke 12:22 ~ Then Jesus said to his disciples: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
Psalm 34:4 ~ I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Joshua 1:9 ~ Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
2 Timothy 1:7 ~ For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Relief from Anxiety
John 14:1 ~ Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
Psalm 94:19 ~ When anxiety was great within me, your consolation (compassion) brought me joy.
So we need to rest in God’s promises and know that we can live lives free of anxiety and worry. Understand that bad situations come and will one day be resolved. The Christian life should be exemplified by joy and serenity.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~ But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Matthew 11:28-30 ~ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
~~ a befreeinChrist writing ~~