Anxiety



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    Philippians 4:6-9 says, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.[7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.[8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.[9] Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."

    Anxiety seems to be an ever growing problem for people today. Many will worry about their job, their family, their health, their income, and any number of other things. It seems that the more one worries the easier it is to continue worrying and for that worrying to get worse. When one becomes anxious about things it tends to effect one’s health and general happiness often leading to depression. A study was recently done about anxiety. The study determined that an average person’s anxiety is focused on one of eight main things.

    40% of all anxiety is caused by things that will never happen. Another 30% of all anxiety is caused by things that are in the past and cannot be changed. A remaining 12% of anxiety is caused by criticism coming from others much of which is not true. 10% of all anxiety is caused by health related issues which only worsen with stress. This leaves only 8% of all anxiety that relates to real problems that one is facing. In other words, 92% of the worrying and anxiety that we face is related to things that we have little to no control over.

    Now, just because we have little to no control over things does not mean that we are not concerned about them. Most everyone has insurance of some sort or another whether it be health, auto, home, etc. The vast majority of insurance is never used and therefore is a concern over things that will never happen. Another thing that sticks out in my mind that we often worry about is the souls of others. We teach, encourage, and help those that we love in the right direction and yet still many times they refuse to turn to God and do what is right. We are concerned for their soul and it is a legitimate concern even when we have done all that we can.

    So what does the Bible say regarding anxiety and worry? Philippians 4:6-9 says, “Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” He tell us that instead of being anxious to turn to God in prayer and make our requests known to Him. God doesn’t promise to remove all of our struggles or worries, but in the next verse He does promise a peace that passes all understanding. Phil 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The answer to anxiety and worry in the Bible is to turn to God in prayer and place our cares and struggles on Him. Trust that He will provide for us, protect us, and get us through anything that we face. Trust that He will give us a peace that can only be found in Him...a peace that will get us through any battle, struggle, or difficulty we might face. Then we must turn our thoughts away from our worries, and turn to that which is good. Phil 4:8 he tells them to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. When we turn our mind away from evil and potential bad that might happen and turn to thinking on good things, worry will disappear. When we think on good things and follow God, then His peace will be with us (Phil 4:9).