How to Alleviate Anxiety and Worry God's Way Part 2

How_To_Alleviate_Anxiety_and_Worry_Gods_Way_1024x768.pngYou’re Not Alone

Anxiety and worry are very common. One website states, “It has been stated that anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in the North America. It is estimated that one- third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety  unwellness  issues (Folk & Folk, 2017).” 

Worry is Unproductive and Harmful

Many people worry themselves sick, and most of what people worry about doesn’t even happen. Besides that, worrying about issues will not prevent them from happening.

Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worrying is carrying tomorrows 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 (Ten Boom, 2017).”

Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34 NAS).”

Pretty much everyone agrees that worry is counter-productive.

How Do You Stop Worrying?

Jesus provides important truth and valuable insight to answer this question.

Jesus begins by telling us why we need not be anxious.

“Therefore I [Jesus] tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing."
-- Matthew 6:25

Then, He shows how God provides for His creatures and draws a connection that God will provide for us.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being
anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon
in all his glory was not arrayed life one of these. But if God so clothes the glass of the
field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into theoven, will he not
much more clothe you, O you of little faith."

-- Matthew 6:26

In the veres that follow, Jesus begins to unpack specific ways to deal with this important subject:

God Knows Your Need

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, are you heavenly Father knows that you need them all."
--Matthew 6:31

We have a Father in heaven who knows us. He knows every hair on our heads. He knew us before we were in our mother’s womb, and He intricately knit us together there. He even knows our thoughts and words before we speak them (Psalm 139).

We can take great comfort that God knows and cares for us.

Have a Heavenly Pursuit

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
-- Matthew 6:33

Jesus wants us to have an eternal perspective. If we put God first, God will provide for us. The reality is that the world cannot fulfill us. King Solomon, who knew what it meant to be extremely rich, expressed this thought. Solomon was richer than all the kings on the earth (1 Kings 10:23). At the end of his life, he learned that worldly possessions could not satisfy. He wrote, “It is better to be content with what the eyes can see than for one’s heart always to crave more. This continual longing is futile--like chasing the wind (Ecclesiastes 6:9).”

In Matthew 16:26, Jesus says, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”

Put God First in Your Life

Therefore, the primary issue is your standing with God. Your most significant concern should be your eternal salvation. Is Jesus your Savior and Lord? If He is not, repent of your sins, turn to Him for forgiveness, and follow Him.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
-- Matthew 6:33

Instead of worrying, look to God. Get to know Him better though His Word, prayer, and gathering with other believers who follow Jesus.

Get to Know God Personally

Works Cited

Folk, J., & Folk, M. (2017, 04 25). Anxiety Effects on Society Statistics. Retrieved from Anxiety Centre:

Ten Boom, C. (2017). Goodreads. Retrieved from QuotableQuote:

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