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
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.
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.
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-ḵî) I AM is willing and able to help.