“Anxiety has its use, stimulating us to seek with keener longing for that security where peace is complete and unassailable.”
St. Augustine of Hippo
I awoke early with a paralyzing weight of anxiety on me. I realized I needed to leave my comfort zone to fulfill God’s assignments. I wasn’t fully sure of what God wanted, what it would look like and how much time it would require. Anxiety producing thoughts such as these swirled around my mind: Am I able to do what He’s asked me to do? Will I have the wisdom and stamina that’s needed? I’ve learned from experience if I think I can’t fulfill my responsibility, stress and anxiety will soon follow.
In stillness, I entered God’s presence, waiting for a word of encouragement. He didn’t fail me. I have all the answers and will supply all you need. Your anxiety is to move you closer to Me and on your knees. The enemy wants to use your fear and feeling overwhelmed to immobilize you. Don’t let him win. Instead, allow it to backfire on him by letting it cause you to throw yourself upon My lap in utter dependence and desperation for Me to come through on your behalf. Tell yourself the truth.
I am always grateful when Holy Spirit speaks and gives me instruction. He reminded me to reflect on His faithfulness in the past and to realize He will be faithful again and again. When I’m anxious I need to remember I Thessalonians 5:24: “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
What current situations in your life produce anxiety? Is it a loved one’s physical, emotional or spiritual health that concerns you? Are there relationship or work-related scenarios that cause you to worry, to the point that you are immobilized?
Whatever circumstances may try to rob your peace, think on these truths: Allow it to push you closer to God through prayer. Tell yourself the truth and remind yourself of God’s faithfulness and ability to help. Remember, God is with you; you are not alone.
As you bring your anxiety to God through prayer, petition and thanksgiving, let His peace, which transcends all understanding, guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:6-7).
“Anxiety comes from strain, and strain is caused by too complete a dependence on ourselves, on our own devices, our own plans, our own idea of what we are able to do.”