|Posted on February 15, 2016 at 4:50 PM|
Uncertainty and Anxiety
Life is filled with uncertainty, isn’t it? We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future or if we’ll be prepared for it. If we let ourselves, there are countless things to worry about—jobs, finances, children, marriage, health, relationships, etc. Then add to that all the what-ifs of life. We don’t even need a current stressful situation in order to worry—we can borrow from the future and carry anxiety for what may or may never happen.
Are you burdened with anxiety? I don’t mean the occasional situation that is a legitimate cause for immediate stress, like Jesus’ experience in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44). What I’m talking about is a lifestyle of anxiety. It may have started with some justifiable reasons for feeling stress, but now it’s become a constant companion, hovering over you like a cloud.This kind of worry is a thief that steals peace and contentment. Left unchecked, the stress may even begin to affect our health.
Our circumstances may seem hopeless, but according to Romans 15:4, whatever has been recorded in Scripture has been written that we might have hope. On one occasion, when the disciples were faced with something seemingly impossible, Jesus said, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).
DOUBT is another root of anxiety. It is the key to contentment is trust in God’s ways. Sometimes we know in our minds that the Lord is capable of dealing with our need, but we’re just not sure He will. Although we acknowledge His limitless power, He doesn’t seem to be doing anything to deliver us or guide us through the situation. How many times have we fretted in prayer, saying, “Lord, time’s running out,” as if He were late? We’d readily trust God if He jumped the first time we called and did exactly as we asked, but He’s the one in charge—not us. True contentment comes when we’re able to lay our burden at His feet, trusting in His plans and perfect timing (Prov. 3:5-6). After all, He loves us more than we can know.
Pastor Charles Stanley