Paralyzed. Gripped. Jailed.
Worry is possessive. Confronted with a problem, worry rolls in and we clutch to it like a childhood blankie. Yet it grips us. We can’t let go. Worry, at least for me, becomes paralyzing.
Christian Atheists find something to worry about. All. The. Time.
Everyone worries occasionally. Everyone gets anxious. Everyone bites their nails – literally (my wife) and figuratively (me) – when faced with an uncertain outcome.
Christian Atheists, however, worry more than the average person. For instance, when a problem arises, guess who has to fix it? Christian Atheists do. Not God. Them.
I have defined my problems with worry as anxiety. As someone who is susceptible to fits of anxiety that can become paralyzing and gripping, I struggle with worry and anxiety often.
But God has continued to change my heart on this one in miraculous ways.
First of all — and this may be hard to read – but worry is a sin. It is us telling God that we don’t trust in Him and what is going to happen. When worry sets in, our lives become all about numero uno – ME!
God is clear. He wants us to be free from worry.
“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
When you want to worry – pray. When you are gripped with fear – have faith!
Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25
The healthy approach to dealing with worry and anxiety is NOT to just sit back and kick your feet up. Instead, we are to act responsibly, to prepare, to build, and expect the Spirit of God to meet us while in preparation and action! God works complementary to acting responsibly.
According to Groeschel, the question that forms the basis of most worry and anxiety is: Who do you believe in more? God or yourself?
There are several complex reasons human beings deal with anxiety and worry. From a personal experience, please don’t hear me saying it is that easy – to just give it up to God. There are bio-chemical issues, familial issues, physical issues, etc.
In my own life, as I have worked responsibly to deal with the root of all bio-chemical, family, and physical issues, I get to witness the power of God continue to change my anxiety into confidence.
The process of ridding oneself of worry and anxiety is a difficult one, but it is well worth the struggle.
May you come to experience more faith and less fear, more trust and less worry.
And if you are someone who deals with an inordinate amount of anxiety and worry, continue to seek freedom in all potential causes.