When All Else Fails...

Search the internet for "help with anxiety" and you will get over 166,000,000 results in .36 seconds.  How do you know which ones, if any will help?  If you add another search parameter like drugs, you will reduce the results by two thirds.  That means over half of the solutions involve drugs.  If we substitute drugs with naturally, we get over 51 million results. If we substitute naturally with self help, we get over 42 million results. Now, if we substitute self help with God Help, we get 4,580 results.  The difference being this.

The world is searching for help for anxiety and the world is offering 166 million ways to relieve their anxiety apart form God

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
— (Philippians 4:6-9)

Sometimes we go through life as though God has no idea what we are experiencing.  As if He were blind or deaf.  God Knows our pain and wants to help us.  Jesus came to earth as a man and walked with us, talked with us, ate with us, wept with us.  

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
— (Hebrews 4:14-16)

There was a time in my life that I did everything "by the book, but not THE BOOK".  I worked, got married, bought a home, had children, bought a dog, paid taxes, acquired "things", and had lots of fun.  That is what the world said would ease my pain.  You see, I was living a lie.  I still had a lot of guilt from the life I had lived.  I still felt like I needed to look over my shoulder.  I was outwardly happy, but inwardly I was in pain.  Nothing I did could remove my fear, pain, and anxiety.  I needed help, but I was not looking in the right direction.  I should have been looking up.

God saw my pain.  He knew what I was going through inwardly.  He knew what I needed and He began to put up roadblocks in my life to get my attention.  Everything began to fall apart.  My finances, my marriage, and my family.  I was beginning to have panic attacks. I would lay in bed and weep because I did not know what to do.  I had no answer to my sorrows.  I was helpless.  Then I looked up.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
— (Jeremiah 29:11-14)

I cried out to God in my helpless state.  Right where I was, in that moment, God delivered me from all my anxiety and pain.  I didn't get my life in order and search for God. I searched for God and got my life in order.  He want us to come as we are.  He can change us from the inside out.  So many people have this idea of being ready to seek the Lord, when in reality, God only requires a small measure of faith.  Faith in His ability to forgive, save, and renew.  To give us the Holy Spirit as a helper, the Word of God as a guide, and Jesus as an example. 

If you are experiencing bouts of anxiety, know this.  God feels your pain.  God wants to help you, and all you have to do is ask in faith.  Trust God at His word, and experience His peace.

In Psalm 46:10, the first verse I shared, it says to be still.  In the Hebrew, הַרְפּ֣וּ (har·pū) it has the idea of having your hands down and ceasing. To stop striving.  Today is a perfect day to put your hands down and stop striving.  The great אָנֹכִ֣י (’ā-nō-ḵîI AM is willing and able to help.

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