Friday, July 24, 2015

My Answer to Anxiety

Things can change so quickly in this life.  Within the last two months, my niece was married, my oldest son got engaged, my husband got really sick and recovered, another son moved back home and moved back out, my sister-in-law met a special friend, and much more.   These changes are just in my personal life!  We all know about the changes going on in our country right now and how very different our world will be in light of them. These can be very uncertain times. 

As a Christian, I know God has a plan for my life and this country.  However, I still have times of feeling rattled by the rapid changes life is bringing my way.  People have a lot of questions during this time.  Anxiety is high in this world and even in the church.  Yes, I often struggle with anxiety.  However, I have an remedy for my anxiety and fear.  Before I tell you what my remedy is, I want to tell you what it is NOT.   The remedy to anxiety and uncertainty is not found in alcohol, pills, spending more money, ignoring the news, going on a vacation, getting new clothes, saving up a room full of food, saving a "nest egg" of money, moving to Alaska, etc.  My remedy to anxiety is knowing that I am the child of a living God and resting on the truth that He loves me and is in control. When I received Jesus as my Savior, He promised to finish what His Spirit started in me. (Philippians 1:6)   He is not looking the other way when things go wrong.  He has His eye on me and I can trust His heart.  Although He is a patient and loving God, He is also a Holy God.  There is coming a day that evil will be dealt with.  However, God has a plan and as 2 Peter 3:9 tells us:  The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Have no doubt that as a child of God, born-again Christian, that He is working all things in your life to your good. (Romans 8:28)  So, the next time you see or hear bad news, get an unexpected bill, your car breaks down, your spouse gets ill, or you feel depressed; remember that God loves you and will hold you in the palm of His hand. (John 10:28-29)  You don't have to fret and fear.  You have a God that knows the future and will never leave you nor forsake you!  In Christ there is peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) As a Christian, I can choose peace over anxiety and faith over fear!  As we approach this weekend, I hope you choose peace and faith!  Keep your eyes on Jesus and His love for you.  If you are not a Christian, God is calling you to come to Him and trade all the world has to offer, for what only God can give; true life and love.  There is HOPE in Jesus!