Anxiety—spiritual, psychological, medical? Is it a problem, or is it the default of humanity? After all, everyone seems worried and stressed out. But for some of us, anxiety is a familiar enemy—stealing our sleep and the rest of our waking life, one worried moment at a time.
But to quote Cinderella, “just because it’s what’s done doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.” Cinderella is on to a great secret. The world would tell you that worry is a pet we all own and are free to stroke. But we know from our counselors and statistics that anxiety isn’t a tame beast.
The Bible has a different perspective. It tells us anxiety is a mighty beast that would devour us. It needs to be slain. It tells us anxiety is a problem woven into the fabric of our souls we need deliverance from. The Bible tells us that God wants us to be worry-free.
God is a relational being—self-described as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who existed in a relationship of love before the world was ever made. He sees how anxiety destroys your demeanor, relationships, and steals your life away. He wants your freedom. He’s a loving Father who wants none of his children living in fear.
When we see God as a person, we read the Bible’s “Don’t be anxious” with the heart behind it. “I care for you,” he says. Would you believe it? God has given you evidence that he cares for you, and doesn’t just care, but deeply loves you, and is ready to love you forever if you’ll accept his invitation.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 ESV).
God cared so much for your burdens that he made them his own. He carried your sin on the cross, and if you receive his forgiveness, he wants to carry you for the rest of your life.