Finding an Anchor in our Anxiety. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
I find more and more people who deal with anxiety, fear, depression and I personally know the feeling. At a young age, I struggled with anxiety. Notice in the above scripture it does not say, “I never struggle with fear.” Fear strikes, and the battle begins. The Bible does not assume that true believers will have no anxieties. Instead, the Bible tells us how to fight when they strike. It does not say, you will never feel any anxieties. It says, when you have them, cast them on God.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The reality is that being a Christian doesn’t exclude us from facing genuine fears and anxieties. Disease still strikes, friends still betray, bodies still fail, life still hurts. However, God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” We are equipped with the tools we need to fight this battle for peace.
In your day-to-day struggle of the anxieties of life and suffering here are some scriptures to help anchor you:
Phillipians 4:5-7 “Let your gentleness be evident to all. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Romans 6:22 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”
Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
When a circumstance suddenly threatens our peace, we can be ready to push it back and cut it down with truth. Praying these promises help our anxious souls today!