The Place Of Anxiety

In today’s world where anxiety is so common, we are being told to be anxious for nothing. Someone posted on Facebook some time ago that most of the things that happen to us are paid for or done by others. Our funeral cost is catered for by family members, our education is paid for by our parents, even our wedding is taken care of by planners, our food is cooked by others, and so on. Literally, what do we have to worry about?

Growing up, I used to be that thoughtful child that always had his hand on his chin. I loved thinking but that posture had (and still has) a negative meaning in our Ghanaian culture. At that age, barely a teenager, people thought I worried too much and so stopped me from it. Today, I love to hold my hand against my head or around the chin like I’m examining something; it’s so cool 😉

What is the place of anxiety in our lives? Does it have any place? In Matthew 6:25-33, Jesus tells us ‘no’. We are not to worry about what to eat, drink, wear, where to sleep and so on. Everything that we see and which we are enjoying is paid for by God. He has provided everything we need in this world to survive and succeed.

Adding, the only time we are to worry is when we are planning and even with that, Solomon couldn’t compare with the lilies of the field made by God.

Like as Romans 9:16 puts it, things don’t happen by chance or fate, or those who will it or run with it. Everything happens by the move of God; He is the One who puts everything into effect. Sometimes, we have things our way because God left us alone. Other than that, we plan and fail when we plan without God. We should instead look up to God for success when we encounter such circumstances. This is what Paul meant in the words of Philippians 4:6-7;-

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When we plan with God, we plan to succeed. So literally, there is nothing to worry about because God’s got everything. When Paul said this, he was speaking from experience. Having gone through all the tribulations that he went through, he still had his needs met. There was nothing lacking in his life, and we can say the same for the other apostles also.

Seriously, worrying doesn’t help much unless you’re the type that likes worrying. I see worrying to be a time-waster, which could be used for something other e.g. planning. Anxiety shouldn’t have any place in our lives and can even lead to stress which is a killer. So, instead, think of something happy and fill your day with bright things and you will be full of life. God bless you.

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