THE ANXIOUS HEART
“Why are you troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?” – Luke 24:38
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” – Philippians 4:6
Our days are filled with many duties, responsibilities, tasks, and trials to face and overcome. It doesn’t matter who you are, you are not strong enough to do perform the issues today while coping with them, AND trying to pile anxious thoughts up in your heart and mind about what might happen tomorrow. God gives us the strength we need for today. His desire is that we follow Him faithfully today, and trust in Him completely for tomorrow. Tomorrow, should it come for us, will bring about its own issues, but we should not be anxious about tomorrow.
We make ourselves absolutely miserable when we become anxious about things. This may be in anticipating trouble or possible trials. I have found that the hardest troubles that I have had to bear are the ones that never even came to be – i worried myself sick over something that never happened. The emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental toll that takes on us is spirit-breaking. It weakens our life and focus on the Savior. The dread of uncertainty makes us afraid. We become uneasy and very distressed.
Anxiety is simply a form of fear. It is a lack of trust in God’s will for your life, and involves a great deal of unreasonable dread and unbelief. It is not possible for you to live in fear and dread, and yet at the same time have full trust in God. Trust and anxiety are never found together. When you are anxious, you aren’t trusting God; when you are full trusting God, you are not anxious.
We never know what each day may bring – it could be joy or sorrow, trials or triumphs; regardless, each day is another in which we should live without anxiousness. Pray for the Lord to guide your steps and make His perfect will for your day be made known to you. Seek His peace for your heart and mind. And live this day for His glory!
Bro. Chris Cauthen
Minister of Music and Youth