“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other… And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?… Therefore do not be anxious…But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…”
Matthew 6: 24, 27, 31, 33 (ESV)
Anxiousness and worry, from a Christian perspective, is feeling distressingly uneasy or apprehensive about things we may ultimately have no earthly control over, while concurrently harboring the belief that God can’t handle them either.
If we are obstinately living our lives outside of the kingdom of God and not welcoming his loving-kindness and unerring wisdom into our hearts and minds, then we are, in turn, stirring the pot of spiritual entropy, allowing high levels of anxiety and stress to build into a crescendo, shattering our peace of mind and robbing us of joy in our walk with Christ. And once arriving at this unenviable position, acute distress can essentially become habitual and its weight mentally crushing. Many individuals, however, dutifully continue to bear it as if it were part of their daily ritual, a self-serving sacrifice. These destructive behaviors subtly begin to take a serious toll on our faith and on our physical and spiritual wellbeing. Instead of unburdening and trusting God, we try to toughen-up by suppressing these crippling feelings. We may even develop a sense of false-pride over enduring the unrelenting hardship in our efforts. No! God says we need not be enslaved by these destructive misbeliefs and their consequences any longer.
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
Philippians 4: 5-7 (ESV)
God promises to bring us purpose, fulfillment, peace, and all our earthly needs with which to live an abundantly joyous life. It is clear that God holds the winning hand over all of creation. Anxiety, worry, and prolonged hardship are not part of God’s plan and they have no rightful place in a believer’s heart or thought life. And while both anxiety and worry are harsh and deceitful taskmasters, peace and harmony conversely serve the interests of our benevolent and righteous Father God. And because faith, hope, and peace trump anxiety, worry, and discord, we should be clearly compelled to seek Christ Jesus first and foremost.
Dear Lord Jesus, as it says in your scriptures if we seek you first in Prayer and in the Word each new day, we will have no justification to worry and fret because we will have found the source of all joy and happiness and the key to eternal life. No earthly treasure can trump that hand. Amen.
A F Fischer