Have you ever been really grateful for a friend or parent who told you the hard truth when no one else would?
When you read the Bible, you will find that it tells the truth about the human experience.
It tells us that by design, people are weak, finite, and limited. It tells us that by nature, there’s a lot wrong with us—we are fearful, envious, easily embittered, unforgiving, and selfish. And the Bible says there’s a lot wrong with our world—natural disasters, pandemics, death, and decay.
In a world where we are told that we are “fine” and anything less than “fine” is a failure at being good people, isn’t it refreshing to hear, “No! You are not okay, and the world is not okay either!”?
The Bible tells us that we are all anxious. It tells many stories of anxious people. In fact, Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived struggled with anxiety (Proverbs 12:25), and a notably godly man named David wrote a book of wonderful poems called Psalms, many of them pouring forth from his anxious heart.
So we’re anxious and live in an anxiety-inducing world. The question is, what will we do about it? What does the Bible say to do about it?
The Bible tells us that we don’t have to stay anxious. God designed us to be at peace! The curse of sin upon the world is what causes anxiety. But God has done what’s needed to rescue us from anxiety.
As with any weakness or sin, the answer to anxiety is the same—we go to God for rescue. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, he paid the penalty for sin. When he rose from the dead, he broke the power of sin. And when Jesus returns, he will lift the curse and rid our hearts of sin’s presence.
For those who believe in him, he has begun to do all this in their lives, and he will finish this work (Philippians 1:6)! True freedom from anxiety, and the power to overcome it, can only be found in Jesus (John 8:36).
But how does Jesus help us with anxiety? First, we confess our sin to him—the ways we fail to trust his good rule over our lives—and trust the promise that he made to forgive us this sin (1 John 1:9).
Then, we ask him to break the hold that anxiety has on our hearts. We do this through being in relationship with him, telling him what worries us through prayer (Philippians 4:6-7), letting him carry our cares (1 Peter 5:7), and listening to his Word, which will cheer our anxious souls (Proverbs 12:25).
And as we walk with Jesus, we ask him to help us overcome anxiety and increase our trust in him until the day he returns for us. Then we will spend eternity with the Prince of Peace, and we will have nothing in the world to worry about ever again.
Run to Jesus today with your anxiety. In the words of an old hymn, “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”
Here [is the] game plan when you start to worry and obsess:
1. Name the pressures. You always worry about something. What things tend to hook you?… Anxieties feel endless and infinite – but they’re finite and specific.
2. Identify how you express anxiety. How does anxiety show up in your life?
3. Ask yourself, Why am I anxious? Worry always has its inner logic… What do I want, need, crave, expect, demand, and lust after? Or what do I fear either losing or never getting? Identify the specific lust of the flesh. Anxious people “eagerly seek” the gifts more than the Giver. They bank treasure in the wrong place. What is preoccupying me, so that I pursue it with all my heart?
4. Which promise of Jesus [from the Bible] speaks to you most? Grab one promise and work with it.
5. Go to your Father. Talk to Him. Your Father cares about the things you worry about. Your Father knows what you need. Cast your cares upon Him, because He cares for you.
6. Give. Do and say something constructive. Care for someone else. Give to meet human need. In the darkest hole, when life is toughest, there’s always some way to give yourself away.
When the cares
of my heart
cheer my soul.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Trust in the Lord
with all your heart,
and do not lean on your
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I do not occupy myself
and too marvelous
But I have calmed
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.