Apr. 8 - Anxiety
Updated: Jul 10, 2019
There are so many people that struggle with anxiety, often to the point of being paralyzed when trying to make a decision. Once our mind starts racing with “what if,” it’s so easy to let our worries and fears overwhelm us. But this isn’t how God wants us to live. Anxiety didn’t exist before the fall and, one day, God will restore us to that state. This time is just temporary.
Jesus knows what it feels like to be overwhelmed with pure anxiety and despair. Shortly before his death, in his darkest moment, he cried out to the Father in Mark 14:36 “’Abba, Father," he cried out, "everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Jesus completely understands how we feel and, in those moments, he will meet us a personal level and will advocate for us to the Father.
On Sunday, Greg and Demita challenged us to respond to our anxiety this week in a very specific way. When you feel your fears and panic rising up this week, turn to Psalm 34:
1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.