Anxiety Under Control
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to
you. Therefore, do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
It seems natural to be anxious when facing many uncertainties just like it’s natural to cry
when facing things that trouble us. I don’t believe it’s wrong to have anxiety as long as it
doesn’t have you. When I allow anxiety to take over my thoughts and heart to the
exclusion of God then it is wrong. The apostle Paul states, “Be angry, and yet do not sin;
do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26). Uncontrolled anxiety, like
anger, can lead to sin when a Christian refuses to take his/her concerns to God. The
apostle Peter encourages us to deal with our anxiety by “casting all our anxiety upon
God, because He cares for us” (I Peter 5:7).
Was Jesus anxious in the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to His arrest and crucifixion?
When you read Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 22:44 and Hebrews 5:7 Jesus was extremely
nervous and emotional (there was loud crying and tears and His sweating became like
drops of blood falling down upon the ground). In the midst of His anxiety He beseeched
His heavenly Father and God heard Him because of His piety. That’s how Jesus dealt
with His anxiety. He took it to His Father in heaven. We’d be wise to do the same
before our anxiety gets out of control.