“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Anxiety is something we all experience. In our weakness, it is usually our first response when life makes an unexpected turn. What are some of the things that make you anxious? Is it the death of a loved one or the fear of failure? Maybe it is simply the unknown and that which you cannot control? Regardless of the cause, anxiety is often crippling and can keep us from the joy of the Lord. How do we, as children of God, overcome our anxiety?
Let us look at the life of King David for reference. The Scriptures reveal that David wrestled with his sin, guilt, and anxiety. In Psalm 13:2, he writes, “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” Even though David was a man after the heart of God, he also battled great anxiety in his life. If you ever begin to feel as though you failed God and are beyond repair, remember the life of David! He witnessed God do miraculous miracles in and through him, yet he still committed great sins. He was not a perfect man. He was a man who recognized his deep need for the salvation of the Living God.
Two verses later, David writes, “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” – Psalm 13:5
Keep in mind that David found peace in the promise that God would one day provide a Savior for His people. Ultimately, David’s peace was God Himself. Unlike David, you can see how God fulfilled his promise in Jesus Christ! This is the “secret” to rid yourself of fear and anxiety. You must look to the One who has complete power over all unexpected situations that arise. When you fail in this, pray that the Lord would teach you to trust Him. David knew these truths and practiced them often. Let us do the same!
Jesus tells us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27