When Anxiety Comes

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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I watched anxiety darken her face. Where would the money come from?

Our family budget has taken a severe hit over the last five years. Recently, we struggled through a summer without the income my wife was receiving from keeping an after-school child. As the start of the new school year approached, she was informed that her services were no longer required. A change in jobs had eliminated the necessity for after-school care. Now what?

While we were worrying, God was working. Having recently changed churches, we were now attending a church that needed a custodian. Though there wasn't money in the budget to hire one, several individuals in the church pledged enough to hire someone. We were hired. And the pay? Exactly what my wife had previously earned.

In spite of God's warning, I tend to hold onto my cares and worries instead of giving them to Him.

1 Peter 5:7 – Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

I've bumped into many anxious situations in my lifetime, but I've learned to pass through them knowing that God wasn't the author. This enables me to view and respond to them differently. My circumstances are never out of control when God's in control — nor does God allow anything designed to arouse worry and anxiety.

Satan is the troubler of my mind, emotions, and experiences. He knows that he can't steal my eternal security, so he attempts to rob my peace by sending a few trials and uncertainties. The proper response — even though I must continually remind myself — is to give my worries and cares to God. He cares for me; Satan doesn't. When I respond properly to troubling situations, others are impressed, my light for Christ shines brightly, and my faith explodes.

Are you giving your anxieties to God or attempting to carry them yourself?

Prayer: Merciful Father, when anxious moments make an appearance in our lives, give us enough faith to turn them over to You and not worry. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Martin – this is a great message; one that most people can relate to. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Have a beautiful weekend and stay blessed.

    Thanks for writing to us Martin. I most likely will use what you said, especially about the enemy of souls as I come alongside another who is troubled.

    Bless you, Martin, for reminding us that we need to dump all our cares and woes on God. He can handle it all, and sustain us into the bargain. Blessings.

    Good advice for all of us but sometimes we are reluctant to do, especially if one is prone to be a worrier. Keep writing.

    I’m deeply touched by this.
    Your quote is one that is especially relevant to me as I have a dreadful weakness where anxiety is concerned. I know that I trust The Lord, but anxiety does envelop me at times and it’s really hard to overcome. In fact, it’s something I don’t even recognize until I’m well into it!
    Thank you so much for sharing your story, Martin, for some reason it helps to know that someone else knows what it’s like to struggle with worry. Blessings on you.

    Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. I needed this. Thank You.

    Thanks Martin! Exactly what I need today, blessings and prayers.

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