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We Should Give Our Anxiety To Jesus

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Life ChangeAnxiety is tough to face. Anxiety is defined online as – a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety can overwhelm us. It can cause disorders and medical issues. It can immobilize us and take us down if we allow it to do so.

Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways. WebMD defines anxiety this way: Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. Anxiety disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally. For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.

WebMD lists these among the anxiety disorders – panic disorders – social anxiety disorders – specific phobias – and generalized disorders. Each – if not treated – can be disabling. Some – who battle an anxiety disorder – are unable to function in society. Some need medication. Some need psychotherapy. Some may need both. But the passage today suggests another treatment for anxiety. We’re called to give our anxiety to Jesus.

Speaking about general anxiety – I believe some of it could indeed be dealt with by giving it to Jesus – even rebuking the devil when the feelings come upon us. Wait – I guess I didn’t say this – the Apostle Peter wrote about it in today’s passage. Here’s today’s passage in partial context. 1 Peter 5:6–11 – 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

I’m not suggesting the doctors and therapists are not needed. I’m saying I believe in the supernatural power of our God to do amazing things. If we dwelt in and with the Lord more often – many of the illnesses that plaque us could be dealt with by God’s power. Read Peter’s passage above again. If we humble ourselves before God – God will lift us up. Cast all anxiety on God because God loves us. The devil prowls around trying to attack us and take away our joy. We’re called to resist the devil and stand firm in our faith. God grace can cover us and carry us into eternity. God can restore us and make us well. That’s the way I read it. How about you?

With the 2020 General Conference coming in May (the United Methodist Church’s law making group) – ahead of us – some might be anxious about the outcome of its gathering. Will the denomination divide? Will it unite? Will it dissolve all together? Will nothing change and the battles continue between the far left and the far right of our denomination? Our different views – our different theologies – will not be solved – even with a divorce within the church. Do not be anxious – God is in control and will never leave us nor forsake us. The church of Jesus Christ will survive the breakup or healing of our denomination. Give your anxiety to Jesus.

With the 2020 Presidential Elections coming in November – the United States will continue under the leadership of the current President or get a new one. The Congress will be controlled by one party or the other or shared as is the current situation. The far left and the far right have different candidates and the clash of ideologies will continue. Do not be anxious – God is in control and will never leave us nor forsake us. The nation will survive or fall – but God will still be Sovereign. Give your anxiety to Jesus.

What else is coming our way? Graduation – and uncertainty about our future job and life? Do we even have a job? Are we in debt beyond our wildest dreams? Is there a disease ravaging our lives or the life of a loved one? What else is coming our way? I’m not suggesting that all things will go away or go right if we do – but – we need to give our anxiety to Jesus – and allow Him to help us deal with life. Just saying.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

October 30, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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