“God the Father grant to me, All my daily needs. Why should I not to Him flee, “When all the birds He feeds.”
We wrestle with amazing issues, they oddly seem like certainties. That is part of their strength. Anxiety over our future, is a very difficult thing to separate from. The dictionary has a simple definition, “distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune. a state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension of possible future misfortune, danger, etc; worry.
We can define it in a sort of abstract form, but anxiety has a vicious bite. I believe it is the most common enemy of our souls. Maybe “pride” would be the most challenging? However our anxiety affects our children, finances and our status in this world. We are so edgy, and have been for so long that it seems very normal.
Quite expectedly, Wikipedia gives us this explanation. “Worry is thoughts and images of a negative nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threats. As an emotion it is experienced as anxiety or concern about a real or imagined issue, usually personal issues such as health or finances or broader ones such as environmental pollution and social or technological change.” Ok, well, a bit intense and perhaps a bit complicated. But as I read it, the phrase, “an anticipation of evil things” pops into my mind.
I guess there is an effort on our part to somehow equalize the pressure. But typically it’s only enough to make us “humanly” passable, and acceptable to our dear ones. But the truth is, we fear way too much. Our anxiety over the future has a corrosive effect, it just eats us up. We are like ships, who periodically come into port to have our hulls cleaned. Somehow, if we decide to forego this, we will find that it diminishes us, and often drastically.
Anxiety is a weight that pulls us down: spiritually, and emotionally and even physically. It is worry that has gone viral in our thinking. We can think of nothing else. There exists something that our psychologists call an “anxiety disorder.” To be blunt, today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. Worry, doubt, fear and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die.
There is not much more I can say. As we grow more and more anxious, we will drive a simple faith in Jesus away. Simply put, worry, and the presence of Jesus can never truly agree. They are on opposite sides of the spectrum. One will rule, and the other won’t.
Corrie Ten Boom dealt specifically with this, she shared this and it helps us to get adjusted, “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength, carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
Worry needs to be taken as if it were very dangerous. Lust, pride and apostasy are certainly thought of as dark, and evil. But worry has to rank up there. Our anxiety is a declaration of God’s unfaithfulness. It is a “neon sign” that blinks out His perceived negligence and His ineptitude.
Please dear one, shake off this deep deceit. Renounce your worry, your anxiety. The One who feeds the sparrows, couldn’t forget you. You are His, by blood. He has gone far beyond the extra mile to obtain you to be His own.
“Don’t fear, little flock, because your Father wants to give you the kingdom. “
Luke 12:32, NCV