Did you know that 40% of people worry about things that will never happen? 30% focus on things of the past that they cannot change. 12% focus on criticism by other people that are mostly untrue. 10% worry with health, which gets worse with stress and about 8% on real problems that they will have to face. In which group are you?
When you think about overcoming anxiety and paralysing worry, there is no better example than Jesus. When Jesus was in the garden of Getsemani, hours from being arrested and dragged away, he was so filled with anxiety that the bible says He sweated blood. You remember that feeling you get when you are sitting in the dentist office and you can hear that ringing sound of metal slicing. As the sounds get louder, you get chills all over your body; the bad kind of chills…well just imagine that feeling, but a thousand times magnified. Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen to Him. He wasn’t ignorant of the time that He was about to feel. And although He was God, the pain would have been very much real. He knew that they would drag Him away. He knew that they would spit on Him and rip out his beard. He knew that they would put a crown of thorns on His head. He knew that they would wip Him with slashes filled with metal and bone. He knew that He would have to drag a cross almost twice His weight up a mountain and He knew that they would drive nails through His hands and feet and leave Him to die. To top it all of, He knew that He would be all alone. All of His friends would abandon Him and even His Father would, as part of the sacrifice that He was willing to go through.
BUT… besides all of this listen to the words that He spoke and inspired to this very day:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phil. 4:6
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34
Although Jesus knew all that would happen to Him, He overcame anxiety and worry because His desire to obey God’s will was stronger than the fears that He would soon face; because His love for all of us was greater and despite all of our wrongdoings, He decided that it was worth it. And because He knew that on the third day He would rise back up from the dead.
You see what Jesus teaches us that the way to conquer anxiety, worry and fear is to focus on the promises that God has made. My friend, God is faithful and He will remain true to His words always! He promised NOT to sent a challenge that you cannot withstand (Corinthians 10:13). He also said that we can do ALL things through Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13) and that we should depend on Him (Mathew 6:33). My friend, we are the branches and God is the tree. If we rely on Him and depend on Him in every situation, then He will bring us through. Remember God is a miracle working God and He is the same yesterday, today and forever.