Anxiety today is considered a mental health epidemic in America and many people are on medication to help them cope. Even so, I know a lot of people who are on medication for anxiety but they are still anxious. Medication may help, but for many people it does not solve the problem. Some conditions in our lives that cause anxiety are not going to change anytime soon and we need a better way to deal with it than relying on medication to solve the problem or artificial anxiety to distract us. God’s people have spiritual resources and we need to use them.
In Phil 4:6-7 Paul says “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.”
If you are anxious – take your anxiety to God in prayer. Ask Him for His peace in the midst of a chaotic and uncertain world. Even when the worst case scenario is happening in your life, this passage says He can shield your heart and mind from what is going on around you. How God does this is mysterious and transcendent but a great cloud of witnesses like Corrie Ten Boom and others throughout history have testified that He can.
Artificial anxiety might take your mind off your real anxiety but your mind is the temple of God. Images of murder, abuse and cruelty do not belong there. Remember what Paul said next in Phil 4:8-9 “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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com
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