What is anxiety?

Dictionary.com defines anxiety as a distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.

What is supposed to be the Christian reaction to worldly concerns? What are followers of Jesus to do about worldly anxieties? What do we do when we do not know where our next pay check will come from? What should we do when our air-conditioning goes out and we do not know where the money for the replacement will come from? These concerns and other similar concerns become greater and greater in our lives until we lose all focus to the life in which we have been called by our King Jesus.

So what do we do? What is our response? Our response is not to be anxious but instead we are to pray. We are to take the need we have to God and request that He would graciously fulfill our need, that is what the apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7.

The letter to the Philippians reads, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, the kind that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The Christian response is to not be anxious. The word anxious in the original language that Paul wrote in means to have a great concern, an inappropriate concern. Christians are not to be so concerned with worldly things because we have a sovereign King who loves and cares for us. Or in the words of Jesus, “If God cloths the flowers of the field, don’t you think he will cloth you too.”

Your immediate reaction to this may be, “Well I know am anxious and I should not be, but I am. I just can’t seem to get over it. How do I get over it?”

Trust the sovereign King of the universe and pray to Him. Paul says that when we genuinely pray and bring our request to God, that God would give us His peace. A peace that passes all understanding. In all worldly wisdom you should be worried about where your next paycheck will come from, but we know that we serve a King who has a plan and a purpose for our lives. He does not forsake us and we are trusting in Him. When we pray, He gives us this peace so that we are not anxious. This is a freeing reality, we have a King who is in control; a King who loves us and cares for us.

Christian do not be anxious about anything.