The local radio station I listen to that plays Christian songs also has snippets from various sermons and the most recent one that seems to play every time I am in the car says, paraphrased…
There are 2 roads with and anxiety and the road of fear is chosen all too often because we don’t fully trust in God
You can find several other people that will say something similar to this as well. If you are anxious, worried, and fearful then you must not trust God fully or even at all. And to that I say, “no, you are incorrect in that thinking”.
Fearing if the next paycheck is enough to pay your electric bill.
Worrying if you are doing enough as a parent for your child.
Feeling concerned if you are doing enough in your job/career/education.
Worring about relationships.
Feeling fear about your health and any health concerns.
These are just some of the normal concerns, worries, and fears someone may experience. This is okay! It doesn’t mean we don’t trust that God is going to help us do what we need to do or hear what we need to hear.
Fear simply means: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
Worry simply means: give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles
Anxiety simply means: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome
Anxiety is brought on by different fears and worries and typically it is hard to overcome because we don’t have the right tools. The right tools are different for everyone.
Some people are able to rely on prayer and reading the Bible.
Some people rely on attending counseling appointments.
Some people rely on medication.
Some people are able to journal or be artistic.
Some people are able to use or rely on many other tools.
Needing any of these tools doesn’t mean that we don’t trust God. It is still possible to fully trust in God and what He is able to do in our life and that He is there, even in the times of extreme anxiety.
Now I am not just saying to continue to just worry or let your anxiety rule your life. You still need to read the Bible, you still need to pray, you still need to do the work that is involved in trusting God.
I have anxiety and I still fully and completely trust in God. You can too.