Just wanted to share a brief snippet of today’s reading from the Sabbath School lesson for this week. It’s definitely one that I can relate to and have learned to deal with better. I hope you guys get something out of this as I did 🙂
Anxiety can strike anyone at anytime. All human beings worry from time to time, whether they are rich or poor, learned or unlearned. A 2007–2008 report compiled by National Health Services in the United Kingdom indicates that one person in every fifty is affected by Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and it generally begins to occur in a person’s twenties. It is medically established that prolonged anxiety can cause many health problems, including headaches, nausea, fatigue, digestive disorders, suppression of the immune system, and short-term memory loss. God did not create us to be anxious; fortunately, He has a way to help to us with this problem.
Beating Anxiety (Psalm 91; Jer. 29:11; Matt. 7:7; Rom. 8:31; Phil. 4:11–13)
Life is full of challenges and difficulties, and our happy moments are quickly overshadowed by unpleasant events. However, God assures those who know Him not to despair or be anxious but rather to have confidence in His ability to provide. For those in need, He says, ” ‘Ask, and it will be given to you’ ” (Matt. 7:7, NKJV). For those who are not sure what the future holds, He says, ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you, . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ ” (Jer. 29:11, NIV). For those who are terrified by incurable diseases and plagues, God assures them repeatedly in Psalm 91 that He is their refuge.In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (8:31, NIV). He advises us to be content in whatever situation we find ourselves (Phil. 4:11–13). William Barclay, in his comment about anxiety, said, “The future of reality is seldom as bad as the future of our fear.”If we were to carry our worries of today only and not fear for tomorrow, we would enjoy much more peace than we do now. Although we are living in a world of sin, God wants us to enjoy life and to have confidence and peace in the knowledge of His ability to provide and care for us.
Love and God Bless,