In place of anxiety…


Anxiety, as I wrote about yesterday, drives us to try to control our future, conceal our flaws, perfect ourselves, just plain worry about tomorrow, and ignore the poor while we hoard good things from God. These are ideas that flow from Luke 12.

And the answer? Is it just don’t do it? What does the passage suggest in place of anxiety–or better yet: in response to anxiety since our God knows we are like sheep and need to be comforted when we are afraid.

1. Consider. Look around and consider the many good things God has and is giving us. When we are in fear mode, all we see are the potential, nay probable, dangers. We are Peter looking down at the waves and all we can see is that the water is deep. Instead, be mindful of God’s handiwork all around you.
2. Fear God. Be awed by his power and might over creation and that in his good pleasure, he created YOU.
3. Hold your goods loosely. Be generous knowing that God will outgive you (however, do not treat this as the health/wealth false prophets who suggest that God will give you what you want). Anyway, you won’t need stuff in heaven so live on the cheap and give to the poor.
4. Be watchful of the better things. Look for evidence of God’s mighty hand rather than the potential for disaster. When you see his power, rejoice.

This is not all the bible has to say about anxiety but merely some thoughts from Luke 12. Consider which response to anxiety you most need to concentrate.

3 Comments

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3 responses to “In place of anxiety…

  1. Phil,

    I appreciate your thoughts. I especially like point number 4. I think Welch said that fearful people act as prophets, always predicting the future disasters of their lives. When my anxiety is on the move I find myself becoming a prophet of doom and it becomes the lens through which i interpret my life. Thanks for bringing this to my attention again.

    Thanks,

  2. Phil,

    I appreciate your thoughts. I especially like point number 4. I think Welch said that fearful people act as prophets, always predicting the future disasters of their lives. When my anxiety is on the move I find myself becoming a prophet of doom and it becomes the lens through which i interpret my life. Thanks for bringing this to my attention again.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  3. Michelle

    This is a very timely post as the new semester approaches. I was praying this week about the anxiety I have experienced in other semesters and how I want to handle my anxiety in an honoring way. I appreciate your post on this!

    michelle.

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