The past few weeks we’ve been working on an experiment. I’ve been sharing some devotional thoughts on anxiety. If you want to check out the past three weeks go here, here, here and here. I’d love your feedback on the content. Let me know what you think.
1-2 Minutes of Silence. Take a moment to pause and refresh. Take a few moments to be still and re-center your heart. Silence is the gateway to the soul. And the soul is the gateway to God. This article will give you some perspective on the power of silence.
Read: 1 Peter 5: 5-7. You may be new to reading and studying Scripture. Reading a part of scripture without the whole thing is like starting a love letter from the third paragraph and the fourth page. It can be inspiring, but if you want to take a deep dive into understanding 1 Peter, here’s a link so you can learn more.
I remember when I found out that my wife was having a baby. I couldn’t believe it! We weren’t trying, we weren’t prepared, we weren’t ready. And while my wife is rock solid, and was ready for wherever this journey was going to take us, I felt overwhelmed and inadequate. I remember telling a friend of mine that I couldn’t believe this was happening. I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t feel ready, I…I…I…I.
And my friend, had some great wisdom and said, as long as your fixed on the “I” of what you can or can’t control you’ll let anxiety and fear rule you. But if you look to Christ, He’ll give you everything you need for this situation.
I and Anxiety
I had never noticed this until Pastor Steven Furtick pointed it out, but in the word Anxiety, the letter I is in the middle. Whenever I’m focused on myself, on what I can do or what I’m supposed to do, that is when I feel the most anxious. That is when I feel the most out of control. That is when worry and fear take control. Because anxiety is when I make it all about me.
But this passage reminds us to humble ourselves first. If we humble ourselves, meaning look to Christ to satisfy our deepest longing and fears, look to Him to be the source of strength and solution, then we can cast our anxiety on Him. Casting our anxiety on him is simple the logical outflow of humility. When we are humble we can be close to Christ, but when we are proud we are pushing Him away.
When we can learn to surrender our anxiety through humility, we will find Christ is there to satisfy our needs, purify our passions and put us on the road of dependance on Him to fulfill our destiny and accomplish what God has made us to do.
What is the self-talk around your anxiety? Does the word “I” come up a lot? What situation and circumstances do you need to surrender to Christ, in order to humble yourself?
“Pride makes us artificial, humility makes us real.” – Thomas Merton
1-2 Minutes of Silence