“Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.”
I’ve been a Christian for 10 years
now and I’ve known this scripture for a long time. Now, finally, I’m learning what it means to LIVE this scripture.
It’s a funny old time for my family and I at the mo; lots of changes, a prolonged period of transition and heaps of uncertainty (which your girl does NOT like one bit, especially where my family is involved), all of which can see my anxiety levels sky-rocket.
So, I have a choice to make: FREAK OUT or trust God. My default setting is to panic and worry and stress over things (anyone relate?), but I’m choosing instead to give all of those worries over to the Lord, because I know He cares; He’s shown me that countless times before.
This isn’t ‘bury my head in the sand’ talk. There’s a strange but common misconception that Christians (and perhaps people of other faiths too) are avoiding a difficult reality and situations they don’t understand by hiding behind their faith when they cannot find reason.
Listen, me saying “I’m going to trust God” is not me pretending that those anxieties are not there. On the contrary, it’s about being honest in prayer and telling God that I dislike not knowing what’s coming and that I’m hugely uncomfortable right now but that I’m going to trust Him in spite of my feelings because He has proven Himself faithful and trustworthy in many real and personal ways before. Not that He had to.
God responds to our faith. When He sees that we’re expectant for Him to move for us and trusting that He will, He does not disappoint. God is moved by us placing our hope in Him and in Him alone.
God wants you to develop a quiet confidence in Him to carry you through. This means you can step out into something with fear, worry and stress in your heart, knowing the emotions of confidence aren’t there, but the act of stepping out, even when you’re afraid – especially when you’re afraid! – demonstrates to God that your confidence is in Him.
When last did you really, consciously put your hope in God to see you through a certain situation? Did you really believe He would come through for you, or were you just like “please, please, please…” instead of focusing on who God is and His sovereignty over your life? Are you fearful of something that you think is about to happen (or not happen) in your life right now?
Then this is the perfect time to activate your faith and watch as the Lord blows your mind with His awesome wisdom, provision and protection.
The other thing with anxiety is that, at the heart of it, is fear and fear can be so horribly isolating. Worrying wraps you up in your own thoughts and you lose sight of all hope and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. In those moments of worry, God speaks so clearly to us:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Did you catch that? Fear has you feeling so alone but God said He is with you wherever you go.
This book by John Stange has been recommended to me as a great help to Christians to find scriptural encouragement and biblical ways to overcome anxiety. Click the link to find out more.
Fear can be overcome by more than just taking a deep breath and facing what you’re afraid of head on; in my experience, that approach is far too hit or miss – I need something more sustainable. Cue 1 John 4:18:
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear”.
So, how about loving the Lord completely, being confident of His unending love for you, and seeing fear put in its rightful place i.e far from your mind? It’s hard but it’s possible!
I’ll leave you with this final bit of scripture that well and truly deals with anxiety and what we should do when we feel anxious:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” Philippians 4:6
If you’re looking for a way to overcome anxiety, two very effective ways, I’ve found, is to find something to give God thanks for and to worship Him.
Before I was saved, I lived with depression and anxiety disorder for years (I’ll cover this in more detail in a future post); I know what it’s like to feel as though there’s not even the smallest drop of anything good in any area of your life. There is always something to be thankful for, but even if you don’t see it, you can still worship God just for who He is.
I hope I’ve managed to convey that I know from experience that this is NOT easy; I simply want to encourage you that there is hope, that that hope is in Jesus and that by choosing to worship Him you can shift your focus from your circumstances to the truth of God being FOR you and wanting to do good things for you! (Jeremiah 29:11 is what I’m talking about – check it out!)
I love this quote and image I found on Insta from @lifelivedbeautifully:
Praying, believing and anxious for nothing,
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