We Need DAD: Anxiety

The Philistines assembled and came and encamped at Shunem. And Saul gathered all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. [1 Samuel 28:4-6]

Panic, worry, fear. The unimaginable happens, and you don’t know what to do. Fight, flight, or freeze… Our bodies react to stress and all the unknowns by leading us into an anxious place. Anxiety is the natural human response to facing chaos, scary situations, and all the things we don’t know. 

We all find ourselves there. Modern life has dramatically increased our anxiety, too. The more we come to know, the more we realize we don’t know very much at all! 

Saul found himself in a situation where God was no longer speaking to him. Saul spent years disobeying God and turning away from God’s commandments, and God finally had enough. God stopped talking. As Saul faced imminent war, he needed God’s wisdom, but he got nothing. We can all imagine the dread that washed over him. It led Saul to make a terrible decision- seeking out a medium, who would bring back the spirit of a dead prophet. Instead, Saul should have sought out David, God’s anointed Messiah, but he had spent too many years trying to kill David and leaving David full of anxiety.

When we experience anxiety, there is a better way forward than fighting, fleeing, or freezing. We can fear God. Now, I am not saying just move that fear and worry onto your relationship with God. But put it in heavenly perspective. Jesus said it this way, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Put you fear in the right place. We believe God can do all things, including giving us eternal life and raising us from the dead! That puts everything else we go through into perspective. 

We are certain to experience anxiety for the rest of our lives. It’s one of the ways we know we are human! But don’t let it hold you back or hold you down. Don’t let it keep you from continuing to follow God’s path for your life. When you encounter anxiety, remember: We can take all things to our DAD, our Heavenly Father.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” and maybe the ending of anxiety. 

Prayer: Dear God, heavenly Father, please help us to see everything through Your love and Your will. Help us to make it through all the situations and relationships that leave us feeling anxious and uncertain. Show us where to move and where to go on the path You have placed before us in Jesus. In His name we pray, Amen.

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