“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
Psalms 94:19 NIV
What makes you anxious? Lately for me it has been a large project that potentially impacts a lot of people if I miss something. It has been a son in the military deployed to a country right beside a war zone. It has been finances and marriage. The enemy works to open wounds of anxiety in so many areas of my life, and on too many days I let him.
When I go to find answers in the Bible I don’t find a promise that those challenges won’t come or that they aren't real. In fact just the opposite. I’m told to expect them.
BUT (I love that word because it tells me to expect another option or direction that I can take) the Father promises me that he has answers when I’m tempted toward anxiety. He promises healing for the wounds created when I fall for whatever lie makes me worry. He tells me that he cares when my anxiety wants me to believe I’m alone. He even promises joy.
Every day you and I will face situations and relationships that create anxiety. Don’t run from these challenges, instead recognize them for what they are and let the Father heal the wounds that come with them.
Daily Battle Order:
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Begin to build or expand the skill of taking your anxiety to God. Start today by literally calling out anxiety when you recognize it creeping in - write it down or say it out loud “__________ is making me anxious”. Then immediately give it to God “Father this anxiety is yours, even if the situation is slow to change, and I know You care for me, so I’ll take Your joy in exchange!” Give it a try.
Look up Philippians 4:6-7. Consider memorizing it as a reminder of God's expectation of how to deal with anxiety.