To God Belongs Our Anxieties !
Worry and anxiety by themselves are not bad things. They are very natural feelings in certain situations. They are a part of God’s plan. In fact, the fact that we worry about something is a direct result of how much we care about that thing. If there were no thing or situation we cared about, we would probably never worry. However anxiety can become a paralyzing, destructive thing if we do not manage it properly. It is at such times that we as Christians rightly turn to our faith for help, and direction.
What then does the Bible say about worry and anxiety ? Let’s start with the words of Mathew 6:27 “ Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Later in Mathew 6:34 it adds this, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” The main thought here is that worry should not be allowed to remain with us. The great 19th Century Baptists Pastor Charles Spurgeon said much the same thing when he taught, “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
However our worry will not just simply disappear. Would that life were that easy. So what then are we to do with our feelings of worry, and anxiety ? Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” R.C. Sproul mentions this very verse when in March of 2008 he wrote, “The apostle Paul in writing to the Philippians gives them the admonition to be “anxious for nothing,” telling them that the cure for anxiety is found on one’s knees, that it is the peace of God that calms our spirit and dissipates anxiety (Phil. 4:6). “ Notice that Sproul tells us that it is the peace of God which dissipates our anxiety ! Here we have a practical formula which we can use in our times of anxiety. First of all we as in all things should pray. In doing so we should be grateful for that we have been given in the past. Thirdly we should present our current needs to God. Only the peace that comes from God has the supernatural power to overcome the worries of this world.
Why would God take on our worries, and anxieties ? 1 Peter 5:7 answers this quite plainly. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Because he cares for each one of us that’s why ! Think of it like this. Many of us have been parents, grandparents etc. If one of our children were beset with worry, would we not take those concerns onto ourselves if we could ? Would we not wish their anguish on us instead of them ? Why would our heavenly father behave differently than any other parent ?
So it is clear. God is there for us in our times of worry and anxiety. We are to seek the comfort of our heavenly parent, just as our own children would seek our lap, or our arms, when in need of comfort. His peace is our solution for such troubling times. It is not for us to slay our anxieties, they are his to bear and to conquer !