Anxiety Blinds You From What Is Important

A Christian’s freedom from anxiety is not due to some guaranteed freedom from the trouble but to the folly of worry. Especially in the confidence that God is our Father, that even permitted suffering is within the orbit of His care. 

– John Stott.

The Holy Spirit has continuously helped me overcome my attitude of being anxious easily and controlling. Looking back, I was a bit of a control freak and gets anxious when something happens that is not according to what I had planned.

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Gospel according to Matthew 6:25. Please, read our recent devotional from the 2nd Letter of Paul to the Corinthians: The Only Source Of Aall Grace, No One Else

Anxiety blinds you

Anxiety is disruptive. It blinds us and steals away significant moments in our life. Throughout the Bible, it is evident how God arranges everything for His saints. Moreover, it is also clear in the scriptures that He is in control. Furthermore, one of the things we have to keep in mind is that anxiety does not come from God.

As the words of the Lord to Joshua, Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). Do not be blinded by anxiety. When you feel anxious, follow what King David said, cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)

Anxiety takes over your focus

Another thing anxiety brings is that it takes away your focus on the relevant things in life. Take, for example, your mortgage bills versus eternal life. I bet most of us will focus on making ends meet while our eternal life takes the back seat. This should not be the case. God promised to provide for our daily needs like what He had done for the Israelites in the desert. Furthermore, Jesus Christ encourages us to include our daily bread (Matthew 6:11) in our prayers.

We all should do our best not to lose focus on what is essential. Do not wait when your life passes by you while you are busy being anxious. Also, do not wait when it is too late to consider your eternal life with Christ.

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. What makes you anxious?
  2. Where does your eternal life lie in your priorities?
  3. Have you accepted that Jesus Christ will help you with your anxieties? Accept Jesus Now.
  4. How do you cope when you’re anxious?
  5. Why do you think we are blinded by our anxiety?
  6. How do you share Christ with others?

Prayer

Loving God,
Please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. My soul is like a turbulent sea. I can’t seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly. Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you’ve laid out for me.

I trust your Love God and know that you will heal this stress. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night. Please bring me clarity with the light of God. In your name, I pray, Amen.

(from Womansday.com)

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