Anxiety and the price we pay

Anxiety is a problem that has troubled us through the ages. Fear in the face of critical situations is natural. However, much of our anxiety is associated with everyday problems. God wants to settle our hearts in such a way that we can live with the stresses of life yet still experience His peace and joy. Remember what I have always told you, happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to manage them. Choose to be happy no matter what situation you are going through.

Everywhere we turn, people are worried about something. But anxiety and frustration are not part of God’s plan for our lives. In this piece, I want you to learn that anxiety may be natural but, left in our hands, can grow into a much bigger problem. Anxiety should be a passing thing—placed in the hands of the Father who knows all things.

In the gospel of Mathew chapter 6 verses 25, Jesus talked about worry and anxiety. He said, “therefore do not worry about your life; what you shall eat, what you shall drink, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food and drink, and body more than raiment?”

Jesus wanted us to understand that He knows our needs and He will take care of them. He actually said in the verse that follows the aforementioned that we are more precious than birds in the air which do not sow, yet He feeds them too.

Anxiety is not just a contemporary problem. It was also an issue for those who lived in Old Testament times. By the time the Roman Empire ruled the world, there were plenty of reasons for anxiety. Jesus’ solutions sound so simple, yet we still struggle to apply them. He says, “Cast all your burdens and worries unto me, for I care for you”.

Apostle Paul writes in Romans chapter 8 verse 32, “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him for us all, how shall He not with him also, freely give us all things?”

Some of the causes of anxiety include the feeling of inadequacy, our attempt to change things that we cannot control, the failure to trust God to provide our needs, misplaced priorities, trying to live tomorrow today, and many others that cause us frustration and rob us of our peace. Which is why Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, says that do not worry about anything, but let all your concerns be known unto God through prayer, supplication and thanksgiving. That’s when the peace of God that surpasses human understanding will reign in your hearts.

To overcome worry, we ought to adopt an attitude of joy and thankfulness. There are so many things for which we can thank God. When we focus on these things, God’s peace guards our hearts and minds no matter how difficult our circumstances may be.

Worrying, whining, whimpering, cursing, throwing in towels, blaming et cetera are not going to help you at all. My question would be, of what benefit has all the above attitudes been to whoever bears them? Worry is an emotional state that divides your mind, makes you lose sleep, draws you into different directions, tears you apart; it will cost you a lot if you succumb to it.

May be there are people right now who are in the situation of divorce, or your children are sick, or you battling a certain sickness yourself, or your financial status is problematic, or your relationship is on edge. You are saying, look; I have reasons to be worried or anxious or feel troubled or even frustrated. But I have a question for you.  Shall worrying or feeling anxious add one cubit unto your stature, or a single hour to your life?

The call of God never takes us where the grace of God cannot sustain us. He has promised to meet all our needs and to guard us with His peace and joy. The choice is ours.

The author is a graduate student of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.