I’m anxious all the time
Pastor Mark Jeske
All of us have at least one disability of one kind or another. Sometimes that challenge in our lives proves to be a great energy source: the youngest child who is ignored and patronized in the family becomes an overachiever “to show them I’m somebody.” A middle schooler with a stutter is driven to overcome it and become a great speaker. Someone who lives with daily anxiety might compensate by channeling that fear and energy into excellence at work. Or the reverse—the frequent panic attacks make every kind of scholastic test or work evaluation a time of total emotional terror and shutdown.
Daily anxiety is a widespread plague—over 10 percent of American adults take some form of antidepressant medication. Whether you are on a med or not, there is a form of relief available to all believers in Christ: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Scripture promises us that God is indeed tracking our day-to-day lives, that he cares deeply for us, that his ears are attuned to our prayers, that each prayer receives an appropriate answer at the right time, and that God actually does intervene in human history for the benefit of believers.
He is not merely watching us. He is engaged. That means you’re not alone. That means even your hardships can turn into blessings. That means you always win in the end.
Go ahead. Cast your anxiety on him. His shoulders are big enough to take it all.
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