What the Bible Says About Anxiety
Religion and the concept of God can be very helpful for any mental disorder or any difficulty in life. But, what does the Bible say about anxiety? The Bible is actually very clear and succinct when discussing anxiety.
The most pertinent verse that comes to mind is "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7). Or, take a look at this verse: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34). God is an all-powerful being that can handle any situation better than any person can and can be relied upon to do so at any time. This article could end right here because this idea is so clear and easy to understand, but it will nonetheless continue because one might be curious why God simply does not take away his or her anxiety with a snap of his fingers.
God can easily take away any problem in an instant, but to do so would undermine the purpose of living. God wants people to praise him in their daily lives and in all that they do, so that others will see the wonderful lives these people lead and want to live godly lives themselves. In Matthew 5:16, God declares "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Recovering from anxiety and putting one's foot out into the world is a very God-pleasing step that one can take.
The next point to know about God is that God wants people to ask for his help when they are in the time of need. Psalm 50:15 clearly declares how God has intended our world to work: "and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me." God does not necessarily answer one's prayer immediately upon request or in the way one wants, but he does answer a person's prayer when the time is right and in such a way that is for the person's own good.
The final, and again very important point to remember, is that God does help people, but he requires that people do the best that they can and that God will do the rest. In Matthew 7:7-8, God declares that "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." This assures people who might be going through a trying time that God will help them to have relief from anxiety, simply because they are seeking it. God wants his children to be happy, and while one might not experience anxiety relief exactly when he or she wants, he or she will experience it at a time that God has determined to be right for him or her.
For those who have no faith, perhaps giving faith in God a try might not be a bad option, and for those who have it but are struggling, the answer is very obvious: people must do their best, let God do the rest, and eventually they will experience a new way of life that is happier and less consumed by anxiety!
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