The Cure for Anxiety – Luke 12:22
(This coming Sunday we’ll be kicking off a new series in Luke, “The King is Here.” This week I’ll be blogging on some of the top verses and themes from Luke.)
According to a recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, more than 40 percent of all adults say they lie awake at night because of stress and anxiety.
Not all stress is bad. Some stress can actually be beneficial, giving us a needed boost of drive and energy to get us through situations like exams, or work deadlines.
However, chronic stress and anxiety can adversely effect our health. Chronic stress and anxiety have been linked to insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure, weakened immune system, depression and even obesity (overeating comfort food as a coping mechanism).
In Luke 12 Jesus gave a message about worry and anxiety:
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.” (Luke 12:22)
What I find interesting is that Jesus didn’t discount or minimize the fact that we live in a world that can be stressful. Jesus didn’t tell us “you shouldn’t worry about these things because they’re not important.” These things are important.
What Jesus told us is that while these things are important, we have a Father in Heaven that understands their importance, and who is engaged in our life on our behalf.
In other words, God has our back!
But there is a part that you and I play in the equation. Jesus didn’t prescribe pills, or stress management techniques, or long-term counseling… Jesus prescribed FAITH. Our part is to have faith.
But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. (Luke 12:28-30)
In other words instead of worrying about the things in life, we can make an intentional decision to trust God.
Decision? Is that what faith is? Partly. The bible teaches us that God has given every believer a measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
But faith is worthless if it’s not engaged, and engaging our faith isn’t some mystical thing that happens in a cloud of smoke in a prayer closet.
Engaging our faith is making a decision to trust God, to believe God, to take God as His word.
Walking in faith is making an intentional determination in my heart and mind that regardless of what the circumstances are, and regardless of what others are saying, I am going to believe God.
Walking in faith means I’m going to claim the promises in His word, and act accordingly.
Walking in faith means I’m going to make decisions based on God’s word, and God’s promises.
And just for good measure, Jesus tacked on a promise:
Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (Luke 12:28-31)
Faith is believing that “these things will be added to me.”
We can change the world, one life at a time…