No Vacancy for Anxiety
What is anxiety?
apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness regarding something about to happen; whether what is to happen is known or unknown
Anxiety in the medical/clinical world has many levels and degrees and it’s often mis-understood
People have anxiety about relationships, finances, tasks & responsibilities, situations (driving, traveling to new places) political anxiety, current events can cause it - shootings, robbery, rape. Anxiety is real and it can include fear of death, fear of sickness, and even fear of life
Anxiety revealed in Scripture
Adam and Eve - fear of God; Jacob was afraid of Esau; Pharaoh was anxious about the dreams he was having; Mary the sister of Lazarus was anxious and troubled about all the work that had to be done
Even the great prophet Elijah dealt with anxiety and fear as recorded in 1 Kings 19 after the showdown against the prophets of Baal.
And it happens to those even in the presence of Jesus Mark 4:35-41
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Where is a good place to start?
Understand that anxiety brings us to a place where our focus is misplaced - we see the place that we’re in and it consumes our thoughts and attention
Paul is instructing us to correct our perspective Phil. 4:4 This is not your happy place or trying to be giddie and glad when you are troubled in heart and mind, Paul says in the Lord. Meditate on the goodness of the Lord Love - Faithfulness - sovereignty - his redeeming power - his plans for you
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Find ways to meditate: Rev. 22.13; 1 Peter 5.6-7; Psalm 46:10; Psalm 23.4; John 1.4-5; Psalm 4.8
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
10 “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.