Why am I Anxious?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Anxiety, worry, depression are things that we let consume us. Even though the Bible is clear on these things we are still human. This past year my life has had more fear, worry, anxiety, depression and so much more that just a day ago I was at the point of throwing in the towel, walking away from it all and giving up. Then, I was reminded of what I had just heard from Life Group a couple days before. We are going through Max Lucado’s Anxious for Nothing Bible Study, those words shot through me and I knew that I couldn’t let these strongholds hold me down any longer.
“We not only have the choice of how we will perceive trials, but we also have a choice as to how we will react to them.” (Lucado) When I remembered these words, I knew I was letting my trials win. I couldn’t do that anymore. Philippians 4:4-5 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Paul’s words here are ones we need to resonate throughout our days. If we choose to rejoice in the Lord, then when will we have the time to feel anxious or depressed? We wouldn’t. We would be filled with God’s promises. We would submit humbly to God through mediation and worship.
I know now that I don’t have to let worry, anxiety and depression consume me. I have a loving Father that longs to hear me cry out to him. I have the Word of God that I can read and hide in my heart, I have music that I can worship with. I am not alone. Neither are you. Trust in God. Remember your anxiety doesn’t have to consume you.
Lucado, Max Anxious for Nothing Bible Study Pg. 38