Picture a toddler holding his mothers hand in a busy mall. He is constantly trying do his own thing, like going where he wants to, he tries to touch things he shouldn’t, and keeps pointing to everything. Amidst a crazy, hectic, unfamiliar mall the child does not fear because his mother firmly holds his hand. He is calm because she is there. But if you ever witnessed a child that lost sight of his mother, panic suddenly floods the child’s eyes; he cries running from one corner of the store to the other and he cannot be consoled, no matter how many toys and candies you might give him. He needs his mother to have peace in his heart.
We are that toddler in this crazy, hectic unfamiliar world!
We might have grown up and think of ourselves as independent creatures. We might be making good money, built ourselves a successful career or business. We may appear like we got it all together, we might even counsel others about how to live life. Yet, something in us still keeps on alarming. We feel vulnerable, unsure and stressed out. Life often seems more difficult than we have thought of it.
Even when we reach various achievements like finishing college, getting a nice job, getting married, having children, buying a house; it all does not feel like happily ever after. Instead the heightened responsibilities increase our anxieties.
God created us, human beings, to be dependent on Him. By design we are to seek him. Adam was sinless before the fall, and yet he still needed God for guidance and direction. The greatest mistake was when Adam chose to disobey God to step in the world alone. Humanity started to make sense of the world without God. We became independent, self-centered and self-reliant.
We were never meant to walk on this earth without God, so it’s no wonder we have anxiety and fear. The world is so much bigger than us. This life is confusing and complex and we don’t know what lies ahead. We don’t have it all figured out. Often times we walk through fog and darkness.
The ultimate way to fight fear and anxiety is to take a hold of God’s hand. To trust Him, that he will lead us and provide for us. To seek his protection, and guidance for all of life. To realize that he is ultimately in control.
Notice how Jeremiah so beautiful paints this truth: “The person who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit” (17:7-8).
The key to our fight with anxiety and fear is to trust the Lord. When we have stress, or uncertainty or various challenges in our lives we are to run to God. The quicker the better. Come to him in prayer, pouring out your heart to him. Seek his will through his word, the love letter from him to your life. He wants to will give you his peace (Phil. 4:7) if you seek him.
Notice the great confidence and peace David has amidst danger and trials of life.
- Psalm 27:1-3 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.”
- Psalm 56:3-4, 10-11 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” … “In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Run to the Lord as quickly as you can, and you will find rest and peace in this crazy world! Trust Him, for he cares about you and is strong enough to help you; you are not alone!