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Words of Peace for the Anxious Heart

Anxiety is something that I’ve known far too well. I have experienced an uneasiness in my mind throughout my life that is hard to put into words. Whenever I try to explain it, I stumble to find the right words to describe how I feel. I know how unwelcome thoughts and fear can keep one from living the life God wants for us. Because of that, I am sensitive to others that go through the same thing.

To those who are experiencing mental health issues, it is my desire that you know that God is concerned about you and your mental health. Know that it is not God’s plan that we struggle within our minds. When God created the human mind, He made it good and without defects. When He made the mind, it was healthy. Adam and Eve lived in a state of peace and were familiar with the Presence of God. They were not concerned with hardships, nor did they carry heavy burdens in their mind. They were not depressed or loaded down with problems. Their minds were in a state of clarity. They knew God, and life was pure and perfect.  God provided all they needed, and they lived a fulfilled life. It was when the devil tempted them to sin that the human mind began to know what evil was. And it is that knowledge of evil that causes the struggles that we have in our minds today.

When we look at the core meaning of anxiety, we see that it all comes down to worry and fear.  We worry about those things we can’t change and fear what’s ahead. Fear comes from the devil, according to 2 Timothy 1:7, for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (KJV).

A sound mind is a mind that is unimpaired by mental illness and capable of rational thought and decision-making. To an anxious mind, deciding does not come easy. Those who are burdened with this condition are more concerned about the “what if’s” and overwhelmed with the “maybe’s” rather than living life day by day. When our mind is worried, it shows that we lack trust in God.

Throughout scripture, God instructs us to have faith and believe or trust in Him. One of the main reasons we can trust Him is because “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” Proverbs 30:5 (KJV). When God speaks, He speaks from a place of assurance, and we can have confidence in what He said For God is not a man, that he should lie. (Numbers 23:19 KJV)

Unlike us, God is so holy and pure that He cannot lie. His Words are not deceptive. He has no foul intentions. If He has said a thing, we can trust Him with all our hearts.

It can be challenging to trust God when we’ve experienced disappointment from others. If we are not careful, the pain that others caused can shape our view of God. We do not see God for who He is, thinking He’ll do what others have done to us. But because God is not like us, we should get to know Him for who He is. We do that by reading the Word of God.

The Word of God is where we get clarity and understanding. To the anxious heart, that is where we find peace. It is far better to have faith in what God says than in what man says. Because there is no falseness in God when He says, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5 KJV), we can believe He’s there in our lonely hours. When God says, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3 KJV), we can know that if no one loves us, He does.

One of my favorite scriptures to read when I feel anxious is Isiah 41:10 which states: 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (KJV).  When I read that verse, a sense of calm comes over me, and I know I need to no longer be afraid. Because I believe in what God is saying more than what I am feeling, I have peace.

We do not have to be unsure when we’re depending on God. There may be times in our lives when we’re afraid or don’t know what to do. But let us remember that we can always trust in what God says. We have a Bible that is full of promises which are made by a loving God. Let us ever rest in what He has said to us.

Father, I pray that You open my mind to the understanding of Your Word. Help me see the love You have for me and the comfort I have in Your promises. Bless me to know You so I can trust You all the days of my life. In Jesus name, amen.