I am perhaps one of the few conservative believers that does not broad stroke anxiety as a “sin”. Anxiety is not synonymous with unbelief. I have actually begun a book on this subject (which may or may not get finished!). The crux of the issue – is anxiety a ‘punishable’ offense such as adultery or stealing? Would a parent ever punish or chastise a child for worrying or having an anxiety attack?
The truth is, God almighty urges us not to worry or be anxious because, all knowing and completely sovereign, He has everything under control. He urges us for our good, our inner peace and well being, not because He will punish us.
Anxiety and worry may cause us to miss out on God’s best but the journey to His perfect peace can open up His word and deliver healing and victory on the way. While therapeutic interventions can bring relief and understanding, only God’s word as He reveals and unveils it to our hearts can bring deliverance and spiritual healing.
“Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors” Psalm 119:24
Anxiety, often trauma based, can become an emotional default and grow into free-floating distress. But, unlike sin, God can use this condition to reveal spiritual truths and step by step lead us to higher ground. The Lord calls us to grasp a hold of Him, ‘partner up’, and let Him walk us through this miry clay. No matter how far the distance, step by step He will lead us to that solid ground, to those ‘green pastures and still waters’.
Unhurried prayer and meditation upon scripture leads us…
“Your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.” (Psalm 119:105)
For the believer, an ’emotional default to anxiety’ in our thinking can occur when trauma or a series of crisis wounds our mind and soul and damages our faith. The frailties of our heart and the wiles of the enemy can rout everything into a fearful framework of anticipated harm, failure, deception, and betrayal.
I pray that, day by day – even hour by hour – incrementally -we can begin a process of re-anchoring. As one injured and disabled may rehab slowly to walk, let our hearts and minds rehab daily toward living hope, confidence and courage. I would not discourage anyone from helpful medical or therapeutic interventions. But through prayer and God’s revealed living word, I pray that our thinking increasingly climbs up the chain onto the sure anchor….
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6:19)
…and into the secure and glorious place of our Lord’s presence.
Only the Holy Spirit can dislodge our dark anxious thinking, anchored in the depths…and begin to ANCHOR UP our minds and hearts toward heaven where the Lord can heal us with His presence and truths. There, “the truth will set us free”.
Our Heavenly Father is not judging but inviting. May the Lord speak to our hearts and uplift us closer to Him today.