Do you ever get that feeling of uneasiness when you are faced with a change? Do situations cause so much worry that your whole body and spirit are effected? It is quite normal to have certain feelings but when you become obsessed with certain events that trigger your body to shut down, there is a problem.
Anxiety and the state of being anxious are similar but very different. You see anxiousness is a temporary thing that goes away after an event. Anxiety is a mental state that becomes part of a person when left untreated. The unfortunate thing about anxiety is that any stressful event can cause an attack even when the stress is controllable.
God provides direction and treatment for the state of anxiousness to avoid anxiety. All over the Bible we see a call for peace and patience that He provides.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Because we are human, we try in vain to remedy problems in ways that we can understand. When the remedy does not include prayer and giving oneself over to God, we lose sight of the truth in the situation (most are temporary things) and ourselves.
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety is a matter of the heart. It is an attack on our faith and trust in God. The devil likes to take us on paths that cause us to forget God and this one affects every part of our being so we cannot be the light that God wants us to be.
We have this tendency to stress over situations that spin out of control when others place us in situations that they cannot control themselves. Instead of doing the right thing and taking control they burden someone else. If one is already suffering from anxiety this only makes matters worse. The right (but sometimes hard) thing to do is to tell the person to take care of the situation themselves. We cannot solve every problem that is why Jesus said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
By this we are to,
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
And Peter reminds us:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:6-8
Paul reminds us how to stave of the stress and anxiousness before it takes us over.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
See the world has got nothing on the healing comfort provided by the powerful presence of God in our lives.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
All this to remind you that the world can throw many things our way and give us troubles that we cannot handle. God knows this and is there to help us through. He uses people to help us by calm and happy words of encouragement, provide the shoulder, boost our confidence, and many other ways. More importantly, God provides us with a way of communication that comforts us, eases our hearts and minds through prayer and reading His Word.
If there is a situation that you are thrown into be careful not to overburden yourself. Ask the persons involved to do what they know is the right thing to do even if it causes a little pain and suffering. Remember, pain and suffering is meant to be a temporary state, not one that rules over us. Do not worry or stress over situation that are truly out of your control or you risk unwarranted physical and mental discomfort. Think before reacting in a way that causes more undue stress on yourself and others. Do not bring someone else into a situation that you can actually take care of yourself.
Brothers and Sisters, take your burdens to Jesus. He will comfort you and enable a solution. He is our strength when we are weak and can help us through the fire so we come out with the invisible burn marks of learning. We are meant to be caretakers but we must remember to take care of ourselves and the best way is to keep our eyes fixed on God.
Rob, Servant of God