“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not the life more than food and the body more than clothing?” -Matthew 6: 25
For a year, I dealt with major anxiety. I had a big decision to make and did not know what God wanted me to do. I prayed, cried (and cried some more), and churned all the possibilities in my head. The more I grappled with making a decision, the more anxious I became until it was all I could think about.
What if I chose wrong?
What if my decision wasn’t what God wanted?
What if I wrecked the rest of my life?
Once, God walked with Adam in the cool of the day. He was in constant communion with His Creator. After the Fall, that changed and we’ve battled our sinful nature of being independent. This independence has caused us to rely more on our finite understanding. Jesus tells us that worrying about our situations will not solve them. Instead, we’ll live lives that are small and selfish.
Whether you’re dealing with “what you’re going to wear” or “what you’re going to eat,” basic life necessities or having to make a major life decision – give your anxieties over to God. We can’t handle the burden of them by ourselves and we need to believe that He is truly going to provide for all our needs.
How do you combat anxiety? Seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first (Mat. 6:33).
When we live with our eyes focused on our problems instead of focusing on God, we exist in a constant state of worrying. Jesus never said that we’d stop having troubles once we became His, but He did say that He won’t leave us; instead the Lord gives us His peace to manage and overcome whatever comes our way.
What is the root of your anxiety? How does the words Jesus tells to His disciples make you re-evaluate stress is your own life?
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