I have a friend
who struggles with anxiety. He told me, “Luis, it feels like I’m always stressed out, or worried about something.” And, indeed, anxiety can be a very real feeling. It can feel suffocating. But the key is remembering that God – the Creator of the entire universe – is on our side. In fact, He lives in us who believe. God promises to be with us in EVERY situation. He promises to go before us. He promises to never leave us.
Philippians 4:6-7 in the Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
When my friend expresses his anxiety, I pray with him, and remind him of God’s provision and love. This week, consider someone in your life who may be going through the same struggle with anxiety, and talk to them about what the Bible says about anxiety. Tell them that we are never alone when we have Jesus in our hearts.
My mother was a great example of a person without anxiety. She was a widow for so many years with seven children. And yet, when we were short of food or anything else, she took it to the Lord in prayer, and we knew that everything was going to be okay because my mother was without anxiety in the presence of the Lord. Make that your habit too.
“God promises to be with us in EVERY situation.”