The Cure for Anxiety
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Anxiety . . . worry . . . fear.
I am all too familiar with those three words. We live in troubling times and all too often, I let the troubles of this world lay heavily on my shoulders. I am anxious. I am worried. I am afraid.
I worry about my children’s futures. I see the unrest, the terror, spreading around the world and I wonder what the world will be like as they grow into their adult lives. What kind of world will my children and grandchildren endure? I am afraid for them.
I am anxious about finances. My husband and I both work hard. We work long hours. We both get regular paychecks but still, our financial resources remain scarce as the bills pile up. Anxiety wells up within me as I worry about whether or not we will have enough for the rest of the month, next month, next year. Will we have the financial resources we need to take care of our family’s needs – food, shelter, clothing?
Even this morning as I crawled out of bed, these are the thoughts that were weighing heavily on my heart.
Then I opened my Bible . . .
The bold text which outlined the chapter stared right back at me: The Cure for Anxiety
I had randomly opened my Bible to Matthew 6:25-34. The bold caption above this particular passage of scripture read The Cure for Anxiety.
I read on . . .
For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like on of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?
You of little faith!
Do not worry then, saying “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear for clothing?”
For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Oh what comforting words! Now, we are all human and I know it is human nature to worry about our family’s well-being. We want our loved ones to stay safe, secure, happy, and healthy. We want their needs to be consistently met. However, when we get so caught up in anxiety, worry, and fear that we forget about the promise of God’s provision, we drift further from a steadfast faith. These verses are a reminder that He takes care of our needs, not what we think we need, but what we actually need – what God knows we need – and He always has our best interest at heart.
I hope you find comfort in these verses of truth. I hope you rest in God’s promise of provision today.
For daily encouragement, perhaps you will consider these resources:
One God, One Plan, One Life: A 365 Devotional by Max Lucado
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young
The Duck Commander Devotional by Al Robertson
Unto The Hills: A Daily Devotional by Billy Graham