What Does The Bible Say About Anxiety?

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‘And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?’ Matthew 6:27

 

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We all know that anxiety is    useless, it achieves nothing,  but it seems that we have  created a way of life, which  drenches us in anxiety. The  early Christians certainly  knew what it was to live with  anxiety: they faced the daily  threat of imprisonment,  torture and execution, but in  some ways their anxiety was  more straightforward, easier  to manage. We may no  longer face the daily threat of violence but we are assailed by a legion of anxieties: our screens shout anxieties at us; our work makes us anxious; our school makes us anxious; our striving for the endless acquisition of things makes us anxious. Anxiety eats away at us; it knots our bodies and poisons our dealings with others. It is our constant companion; it lies with us in our beds at night and chants in our ear. It seems that there is no escape, it seems that anxiety is in the air we breathe and so we seek to drown it out, with drink, with drugs, with whatever distractions we can find. Is there no escape?


‘When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.’ Psalm 94:19


When those early Christians were languishing in foul Roman prisons they were not fearful, they did not lament, they were full of joy, secure in the knowledge of God’s love. The Bible is full of references to anxiety, for anxiety is a barrier to faith. In his letters to the early church communities, Saint Paul is fully aware of how anxiety might prey upon the minds of his fellow Christians. He reminds them that prayer is the cure for anxiety.

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.’ Philippians 4:6


‘Do not be anxious about anything’. How many of us can say that we follow Saint Paul’s instruction? How many of us have banished anxiety from our lives? If you have faith, real faith, there is no space for anxiety. Concern, yes, concern is constructive but anxiety acts like rust. Transform your anxiety into active concern by turning to God’s love. Work to right those things, which you believe to be wrong and accept that there are those things that you cannot change: put your
trust in the Lord.


‘And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.’ Romans 8: 38-39


2 comments

  • william

    thank you for the word it spoke to my soul, of late I have been wondering where GOD’S LOVE IS due to many trails that i found myself in. am really thankful for your consideration to share the word of GOD

  • Gracey

    Wow this really helps me a lot with everything I’m going through, trying to be a good big sister and be responsible, and being a good cheerleader, and getting good grades . All of that puts a lot of pressure on me , now I know that if I keep praying it will fade away !!!!!

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