I’m dealing with my anxiety and it’s decreasing. When I trust God I have to confront my anxiety. Warning, if you are going to fight anxiety it’s going to be like a UFC fight. It can get ugly. When I trust God I make a conscious decision to obey Philippians 4:6-7 which says, “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.” Worry is the exact opposite of trust. Listen, anxiety is a functional faith thermometer. It tells me whether I’m trusting God or not. If my anxiety is high my faith is weak and if it’s low my faith is strong. As we trust God we should see a decrease in our anxiety.
I have hope. Hope is a disposition of the soul that expects to see a future where God work things out for His glory, our good and the good of others. Hope is not wishing. Hope has a certainty to it. When my trust is in God my hope tends to have a growing trajectory. When I begin to place my hope in my abilities, possessions, others or institutions my hope decreases. Read this and let it sink in. Romans 15:13 “May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
My burdens feel lighter. The reason for this is simple. I have given them all to God. For real! I was once at a leadership retreat where Chad Lewis the executive director of Sojourn Network led a group of pastors and their wives through one of the coolest hands on demonstrations of how to apply 1 Peter 5:8 which says, “Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” He asked us to stand up and extend our hands with our palms facing upward. Then he told us to start putting all our worries, sins and problems in our hands. I imagined a lot of them pilling into my hands. My hands were full and heavy. Then he asked us to imagine God in front of us asking us to give Him everything we were holding. So, we turned our hands over and imagined all our worries, sins and problems falling to the ground. It was a great exercise. You should try it.