The cure of anxiety Part 2
▪ A lack of understanding
Jesus diagnosed the problem of anxiety very plainly:
26)Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27)And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
28)And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
29)yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30)But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Jesus says: your Heavenly Father feeds them(the birds), are you not of more value than they? And God clothes the grass of the field, will he not much more clothe you?
The reason why Christians get anxious is because they don’t understand how God cares for them. Their minds have not been renewed. They don’t have God’s perspective on things.They don’t believe in the sovereignty of God. The cause of anxiety is a lack of understanding of God and his nature. When we think and ponder on the nature of God, when we set our minds on God, we will have less anxiety. Therefore, the Bible says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:1,2). To believe God is sovereign means you believe God controls everything that comes to pass every single day and minute of the day in your own life and on every millimetre of this planet and in the universe and that he has wise plans and purposes for everything that happens in your life. Even if it means painful things and things that you can’t make sense of.
▪ A lack of trust
Jesus says: 30) “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
The reason why we have anxiety over the future and our present situation is because we have little faith! We lack faith in God, we lack trust in God. And for us to believe in God, we ought to understand God and his ways. We don’t believe that God is sovereign over us. We don’t believe that God can get us out of our conundrums. We don’t believe God is in control. We don’t trust in God’s promises. Our minds are filled with other things, with love of money, with selfish ambition, with worldly pursuits and food, and drink and driving the best motorcars. Our minds are on the earth. We are earthly minded, not spiritually minded. That’s why we are fearful and anxious.
▪ A lack of focus
The reason why we are anxious is because our focus is not on God, but on other things. Our focus is on making much money, becoming rich, doing well for ourselves, our focus is not on the kingdom of God, but on the kingdom of self and comfort, on the kingdom of this world. Our focus is on Mammon. And Jesus, said it, you cannot serve God and Mammon at the same time. You must choose. When your focus in life is not God, then anxiety will haunt you sooner or later. It is inevitable.
3. The Prescription: Five strategies to overcome
So here follows five prescriptions from Jesus to cure your anxiety. I will look at each one in the following devotions.
• Look at the birds of the air, faith in God’s providence
• Consider the lilies of the field, faith in God’s love and care
• Know that God knows what you need and He will provide
• Believe that if you do seek first God’s kingdom He will provide
• Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness