Good Medicine

Ever feel out of sorts, bogged down in the muddy battlefields of your mind? Recently, I had a day where I was flooded by an overwhelming tide of anxiousness. I couldn’t explain it. I felt out of sorts. I had a lot of anxiety about everything. It was immobilizing. I couldn’t do anything but sit and fret. There was no reason for my anxiety; at least none that I could pinpoint. Perplexed, frustrated, and tormented, I didn’t know where to turn. Then, a moment of clarity entered my mind. Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel. Why not see what God’s Word had to say about the twisting, churning in my stomach? I’ve been an ordained minister since 2009. Looking for answers in God’s Word is something I’m used to. It’s not new territory. But this time, the idea struck me like a lightning bolt, as if it was some sort of monumental “wow” moment. For a brief moment, I felt like the plumber with the leaky faucet at home.
I have several good Bibles. The one I rely on the most has several helps in the back, such as a section referencing God’s promises for people when they feel things like despair, temptation, doubt or…yes you guessed it…anxiety.
I began thumbing through my Bible, looking up the various suggested Scriptures concerning anxiety.
I read Psalm 55:22.
Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.

That was followed by Isaiah 41:13.
For I, the LORD your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”

In addition to those Scriptures, I read the following:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7

Immediately upon reading these Scriptures, a peace came over me. Like Jesus calming the storms on the Sea of Galilee, the words of God lifted my anxiety, helping me breath, relax, and regain my focus. With my anxiety lifted, I was free to get things done that I needed to get done. I was energized, refreshed by my time in God’s Word.

Maybe you’ve had days where you feel like your life is spinning out of control or you find yourself bogged down, unable to move forward, paralyzed by fear, doubt, worry, or some other malaise. I’d urge you to open up your Bible and find those things that address what’s ailing you. Don’t know where to look? Google it. There are a ton of online Bible helps available.

God’s Word. It’s the best prescription for what’s ailing you. Don’t take my word for it. Try it yourself and see. Blessings.

Scriptures quoted are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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