Are you feeling unsure of yourself and the choices you are making? Are you finding that no matter how much you do or what you accomplish it’s not enough? Do you feel overwhelmed or confused? Do you sometimes feel sad for no reason at all? Or are you always on the edge wondering when you’re going to fall over? These may be signs of anxiety, but the bible has an answer for you.
“Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs him down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Proverbs 12:25 CJB)
The Bible teaches us what the world is finally learning: anxiety causes depression. What is anxiety? What is depression? Anxiety is the “distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.”1 Depression is “a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.”2
Having anxiety causes many problems including the inability to function at work or school. Some symptoms include feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and irritable. It can also make you feel like you want to cry at the drop of a hat and for no reason.
If it becomes too severe it can cause problems in your personal relationships as well as have a devastating effect on your social life. At this point you may not even want to get out of bed. It can be heartbreaking for the person who is going through this and the ones who love them as they watch helplessly, not being able to help them.
Depression is Worst than Anxiety
When anxiety isn’t dealt with depression takes over. Depression can be deadly if not properly taken care of. This is why God warns us of the dangers of anxiety and how to cure it. He knows that if it isn’t taken care of, then worst things will happen. The following are depression symptoms:
- difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- fatigue and decreased energy
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- irritability, restlessness
- loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- overeating or appetite loss
- persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
- persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
God’s Answer for Anxiety
God doesn’t want us to walk around full of anxiety or being depressed. He came to make us whole. Psalm 23 says that he restores our souls. That means complete healing inside and out. That means anxiety and depression can be healed. Just remind him of his promise to you. Ask him to bring people around to speak good things into your life. Ask him to remind you of what he has done for you already and how he sees you. Soon anxiety will leave you.
God tells us that a kind word can stop anxiety in its tracks. So the next you are feeling down call up a good friend and have a talk. Ask her to point out the good things in you. Don’t get in bed and shut everyone out of your life. Make a choice to live in the freedom God has given you.
Are there any other ways you know to stop anxiety in its tracks? What has worked for you? Please share so everyone can be healed.
Our Heavenly Father, who is in heaven,
Lord God you said in your word that you restore my soul. You lead me in luscious pastures and besides still waters so I can have rest in my mind, body, and spirit. There you restore my soul and give me peace that passes my understanding. For this I am ever grateful to you. Thank you for your peace and you love towards me.
In Yeshua the Messiah’s name, Amen.
“Yahweh Elohim, you are my shepherd; I do not want. You make me lie down in green pastures. You lead me beside still waters. You restore my soul. You lead me in the paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life: and I dwell in your house forever.” (Psalm 23 paraphrased by me)