Posted by: pastordarren | October 10, 2014

An Anxiety Fueled World

fear-and-anxiety-shutterstock_104556128-617x416We live in a world that is both filled with and fueled by anxiety and fear.

So much of what we do and who we are is based around the fears and anxiety of perceived threats, worries about what could happen and fears around things that we have no control over and they ultimately end up controlling our lives.  They can be big things – war, sickness, famine, etc.; or small things – latest clothing, gadgets, etc.; and everything in-between.  Many times these things so consume our lives that we can not see the anything but the fear and anxiety and we become paralyzed.  We know too, that this type of worry and fear can eventually lead to an early death.

So what do we do about it?  I don’t think it is wise or even possible to shut out the world, we all have to live in the world and address the things of life that we face.

We can’t run from life but we can’t worry and fret either.  Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

There is so much in the world that we are not in control of, but as Believers, we are supposed to have faith in God who IS in control.  Things may not go as planned and in the time that we want them to go, yet through prayer and faith, we place it all in God’s hands.

This is usually a hard journey for us because it very much goes against our nature and what we are surrounded with each day.  This is a lesson I am continually learning and relearning too.  When it is Jesus that is at the center of our lives, the anxiety, worry and fear is displaced from our lives to the point that it no longer consumes and controls us.  This doesn’t mean that we stop working in the areas that we can, helping those who are in need, and being watchful for things around us.  We just realize and live by faith that God is in control.

Reinhold Niebuhr wrote a wonderful prayer that many of us know the opening to, but the whole of the prayer is very powerful as well.

The Serenity Prayerseren

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

What are the areas of anxiety, fear and worry that you have and how can you give them to God in prayer and petition and then receive God’s peace?

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