God’s Word: Medicine for the Anxious Heart
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All of these things over the past few months have given me a bit of anxiety. Not a consuming “the sky is falling” anxiety, but rather a feeling of “Wow, Lord! There’s a lot going on. And it’s all going on at once!” As much as I try NOT to worry or be anxious, my heart occasionally slips to a place where I find myself being overwhelmed by what I see around me. I try not to stay in that place too long. The bible gives us many admonishments to “not worry” and “fear not.” As it is with lots of things, it’s the practical application of not worrying that is most difficult. We are human. We have emotions. We have concerns. There is hope for us however, when we are afraid. When our hearts are anxious, we can find peace and hope in God’s word.
In the book of Matthew, as the Lord is talking to his disciples, he gives them a beautiful illustration of his care for them. “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (6:26) He later tells them, “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?’ (6:28-31) What can we take away from our Lord’s words to his disciples? Here are three things:
God created you and cares for you. The Lord cares about everything he created, but for those he created in his image, he has special affection towards. When you are anxious remember that God is concerned about you. You matter to Him.
The things of this world will pass away, but we have the eternal hope as believers, of being with Christ forever. Our faith cannot be so small that we only see our earthly circumstances. God loved us enough to send his Son. Our hope, ultimately is in him in not what we see here on earth.
Lastly, God provides what we need, down to the smallest detail. The same God that sustains our hearts and lungs and each of our intricate bodily functions, is able to clothe us and give us shelter. There may be times of lack and difficulty in our lives, but we do not need to doubt God in these moments. Allow your anxious heart to rest in the hands of the one who has measured every one of your heartbeats.
May the Lord bless and keep you today and may times of anxiety cause us to trust God more and cling to his word!
Note: This post is not intended to address a clinical diagnoses of anxiety or other issues of that nature.