According to the NHS, Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, having a medical test or a job interview. At times like this, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives. Someone once said that people in general, cannot bear very much reality.
Anxiety is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it won’t take you very far. It was anxiety that caused Martha to be pre-occupied with the unimportant (preparing the perfect meal), instead of sitting to listen attentively at the feet of Jesus with her sister Mary. Jesus went on and said to Martha (Luke 10), “There is only ONE thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
“Anxiety is the pre-occupation with the unimportant things in life, and the false reasoning that if those things are attended to, life will be great and wonderful” – Dr. Michael Youssef.
Anxiety is a kind of weed that chokes up the peace God gives us freely. Absolute peace is impossible in this life, that unadulterated joy is only possible in Heaven. In Christ alone, we are assured of the Peace that passes all understanding that gives life to the body. It is this same peace Jesus said He leaves with us, and gives to us, unlike the peace the world has to offer or offers to us which is only temporary.
A couple who were alarmed at the condition of our society undertook a serious study of all the inhabitable places on the face of the globe. Their goal was very simple – to find the most peaceful place of uttermost serenity on the face of the earth. Finally, they found it, they really found it, and then they moved there and built their dream home. Their new home was built in Faulkner Island. I guess we all know how this ends… Months later, it became a war zone as Great Britain and Argentina fought it out.
On the other hand, a panic attack is said to be an intense wave of anxiety/fear characterized by its unexpectedness and debilitating, immobilizing intensity. I think the following quote says it all, “A panic attack goes from 0 to 100 in an instant. It’s halfway between feeling like you’ll faint and feeling like you’ll die.” Panic attacks often strike out of the blue, without any warning, and sometimes with no clear trigger. Kim Basinger once described her experience saying, “It can hit at any time (anxiety/panic attack). You feel like you’re in an open field, and there’s a tornado coming at you. And you’re just consumed by it.”
Perhaps, there can be no greater fear than the fear that comes upon us suddenly. In all truth, there is no such thing as a fearless person, but a person living in any kind of constant fear is a person behind bars more powerful than steel. Throughout the Bible, the Word of God tells us “FEAR NOT” so to assure us of the promise, comfort, security, and peace found in God alone.
- Fear not life. Why? “For I am the way the truth and the life” – John 14:6
- Fear not death. Why? ” For I am He that lives and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore.” – Rev. 1:18
- Fear not the unknown. Why? “For I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end” – Rev. 22:13
- Fear not evil. Why? “For thou art with me. thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” – Psalm 23:4
- Fear not life problems. Why? “For God is our refuge, He is our strength, the very help in times of need or trouble” – Psalm 46:1
- Fear not what others can do to us. Why? “In God I have put my trust. I will not fear what flesh can do to me” – Psalm 56:4
The biggest deception that Satan has managed to sell believers is that they can prolong their lives. Here is what Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Nothing or nobody can take a believer’s life unless God permits it. Fear of death for a born-again Christian is ludicrous. Why? Because absence from the body is to be present with the Lord, which is far better (2 Corinthians 5:8). There can be no denying that we believers are to be good stewards of our body. The Holy Spirit indwells in us and where the Holy Spirit dwells, abuse and carelessness of the body should not be even contemplated. Nevertheless, we can never prolong our lives.