The effects of anxiety can be devastating. We only need to look at the statistics which gives us an idea of the challenges people face. I came across this stats recently as I began to research the topic, “At present, 40% of disability worldwide is due to depression and anxiety (7). The most recent Psychiatric Morbidity Survey indicates that there are some 6 million people in the UK (approximately 3 million with depression as their primary problem and 3 million with an anxiety disorder) (8). https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/anxiety-information/frequently-asked-questions/. When I read these stats, I can’t but help to feel sad for people who experience anxiety or panic disorders for whatever reason, and I am happy to be able to contribute in my own way through the Kolumns platform pointing people in the direction of God’s Word as the antidote to anxiety.
Arguably, this is one of the best quotes I heard this week, “Indeed worrying does not take away the problem, it takes away the individual.” Listen to what the Bible says, “My brethren, count it all joy when…” Read James 1:2 (KJV). Watch this, for someone who does not have the right structure or foundation in place to deal with anxiety; instead of counting it all joy might be counting it all suicide (pause and calmly think). I saw this take place right before me at a busy London underground station – well-dressed lady going about her business, and to my utmost shock, right in front of me, this lady jumped unto the track of a fast approaching train. My mind raced and asked all kinds of questions, and thinking back to that event, the lady might have felt hopelessness and thought there was no need to live, hence, taking her life. Folks, anxiety is a killer, but it does not have to be so; only if we heed the Word of wisdom from the Bible.
The Bible says this, “Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there, for He always tenderly cares for you.” Read 1 Peter 5:7 (TPT). This verse of scripture is the reason why I keep saying, ‘you and I have no business being burdened by anything.’ I hear people say things like, “they have a burden for this or that; well if God has instructed us not to be burdened, why then should we be burdened?
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Read Matthew 11:30 (MSG). The text is self-explanatory, is it not? Watch this, when you keep company with God, anxiety-free living becomes inevitable.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Faithfulness to take all my worries and stress. Thank You for who You are – “King of kings, and Lord of lords. You are my awesome Father, and I love You.
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