As I have had opportunity to speak with some in the last few weeks, I discovered there are some that are suffering from intense anxiety. I was sitting in the dentist chair on Monday morning and talking (when I could) about how the coronavirus has cause many more troubled hearts than it has infected people with the virus. Thankfully, my hygienist was likeminded with me on the solution.
None of us are immune from anxiety, but how we handle it makes a difference. When David was in distress, he said, “My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Psalm 55:4–6).
Getting away from the source of fear and anxiety is not the solution. What was David’s solution? “I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). Are you seeking the Lord and finding rest in Him? This can only be done through moments of quiet in His presence. From that place of “rest,” we can hold out “rest” for others in distress.
As we talked now and then in the dentist office, we spoke of how Paul’s life was full of troubles. Yet he knew the Lord’s grace was sufficient for any situation (2 Corinthians 12:9). His solution to anxiety was prayer. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
The all-knowing God is waiting to hear you call on Him in prayer.
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