Dealing with anxiety through God

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication and thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.”

Most people deal with anxiety. It is prevalent in our society today. We lose sleep, we can’t eat, and we miss work and school because of it. It impacts our relationships with others. We use alcohol, drugs, food, and so many other things to try to combat it. Pharmaceutical companies are making millions of dollars by selling anti-anxiety medications. It is an epidemic. Worry and anxiety also affect our physical bodies, causing disease and stress-related illnesses.

What does the Bible have to say about worry? Matthew 6:25 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.” Then in verse 27 it continues: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

It’s been said that 80 percent of what we worry about never happens. But how can we stop being anxious and worrying? We need to change our focus. Instead of looking at the problem or issue we’re anxious about, we need to keep our eyes on God. What we concentrate on will be where our hearts and mind go. This reminds me of a story from our New Life bowling league. I heard someone share a tip for knocking down more pins: instead of looking down when you throw the ball, keep your eyes on the head pin and have your arm follow through, towards the end of the lane. Just like changing your focal point in bowling to achieve the outcome of knocking down more pins, when we keep our minds on Jesus, it will result in a life stress-free and filled with peace. Isaiah 26:3 says that “You (God) will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

Do our troubles magically disappear then? No, of course not. As long as we live in this fallen world, we will have trials and difficulties. But we have a choice in letting fear and worry about what might happen overshadow the peace-filled life that God wants us to live. Remember, God’s got this! He sees the whole picture. When we keep our eyes on Father God/Daddy, we can trust that He knows what’s best for us and will keep us under the shadow of His wings!

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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