“Anxiety.” Just the mention of the word stirs unsettling emotions within us. Just the mention of the word causes memories we’ve tried to bury to resurface with a vengeance. For some who are reading this the word “anxiety” doesn’t stir emotions and memories from the past, it perfectly describes the situation we find ourselves in right now.
What is keeping you up at night? What is it that is distracting you from doing what you should be doing during the day? What is it that has you paralyzed, immobilized, and wondering if you will ever shake free? Name it. Identify it. Confess it to God right now before you read another word.
Now that you’ve named it…what are you doing about it? If you are like me, you are worrying about it. Tossing and turning in the middle of the night. You are allowing “it” to lead you into lethargy and despair. You are making your problem, your predicament, into a monster that’s bigger and meaner than Godzilla! You may be wondering, “How does he know that?” I know because I’ve done it a million times and I’ll probably do it a million more times…even though I know better.
I’ve found that my initial reaction to the problems of life is anxiety. Anxiety is like breathing. Nobody taught me to be anxious. I don’t have to stir it up, it just happens. Before I came to know Jesus I had no defense against anxiety, but now I don’t have to stay locked up like a prisoner to anxiety when it comes upon me. Now I can lay my anxiety down, pick up the Word of God, and allow the Holy Spirit to use God’s Word to draw me back into the security and peace that only He can give.
When I feel anxiety begin to seize me, one of my “go to” verses is 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Cast all of your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Did you hear that? He cares for YOU! Don’t look around. Don’t turn to someone that you think is more “worthy,” someone you feel is more “deserving” of His care—He cares for YOU. Yes YOU!
Knowing that He cares for you is the first step in shaking free from the anxiety that everyone of us experiences. The second step is “casting all of our anxiety on Him.” Every time anxiety comes because of a situation, circumstance, or experience we must give it to Him and give it to Him over and over again until the anxiety fades and His peace persists. Give it a try and watch God work in your life this week as we hide this powerful promise in our hearts.
1 Peter 5:7