What keeps you up at night? Do you have anxiety about things? Maybe you overthink a lot which causes anxiety and maybe you had never categorized it as anxiety until just now.
Do you ever wish there was a way to release this anxiety? Well, let’s take a look at our faith and if we trust in the Lord to do just that for us.
The scripture Philippians 4:6 tell us “Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him.”
Antonia Blumberg from huffingtonpost.com explains what this passage can teach us about managing anxiety today:
People turn to the Bible for support with many challenges, and chief among them is anxiety.
According to data released by Amazon on the most highlighted passage in Kindle ebooks, the most popular passage from the Bible is one on reducing anxiety and finding trust in God.
The specific passage is Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version), which states:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Most Biblical scholars agree that the apostle Paul composed Philippians while he was in prison. Greg Carey, a professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, told HuffPost that Paul was able to reject anxiety even during his own imprisonment which makes this passage all the more encouraging.
Rev. Winnie Varghese said that although it might seem novel to see Biblical writers addressing modern worries, this lesson is timeless and can impact everyone.
I think it speaks to how terrifying life often is, particularly when we are taking risks or challenged by crisis,” Varghese told HuffPost. “The life of faith is filled with the constant challenge to risk more to become our true selves.”
This gives us a lot to think about. There is comfort in knowing that so many people live a life with at least a little anxiety. When you find yourself overwhelmed or confused and thinking about things, lean on God.
Maybe you already do this, but could trust a little more. But for those of you who have never tried this before, we encourage you, especially during this upcoming season to just give it a try.
You’ll be surprised by strengthening your faith during tough times that create anxiety, how much God will be there and do for you. His love is steadfast and never changing, He will never fail you. You just have to trust Him.
If this is new to you, take a leap of faith, reach out to the Lord in times of anxiety and Live Scripture Strong.