Where is Anxiety in the Bible?

How many times have you found yourself saying, "I sure didn't get much sleep last night" or "I couldn't sleep because I was so worried about this or that"? Up all night or fretting all day? Snippy at everyone you had contact with? We have all been there a time or two, and some people are still there. Have you ever asked yourself why?

Anxiety, worry, fretting over things you have no control over. Doubt starts to creep in? What's a believer to do when in this situation? Look it up in the Bible. Ever try to find the word anxiety or the word worry in the Bible? That's because those two words are not in the Bible. (Unless you have a encyclopedia of topics and texts in the back of your Bible, and if you do, you will notice those two words are forbidden by God.) I couldn't figure out why, if these are so important that they are forbidden, they are not in the Bible. If you look them up in the dictionary you will see why. Doubt is in the Bible, but it is rebuked.

Anxiety: Disturbance of mind regarding some uncertain event, misgiving; solicitude. Strained or solicitious desire. (Solicitious means full of anxiety or concern.)
Synonyms: Anguish, apprehension, care, (noun) concern, disquiet, disturbance, dread, fear, foreboding, fretfulness, perplexity, misgiving, solicitude, trouble, worry.

Notice that the word "care" is in bold. God does use this word in the Bible. The word care, when used as a noun, means . . . . .you guessed it. . . . . ANXIETY! AND all the above.

Now all the scriptures start coming together. I had listed all the scriptures I could find in Strong's Concordance that had anything to do with this subject and the word CARE is used in place of these other words.

Jesus makes it very clear in Matthew 6:25-34 that we are not to worry and fret - that He will take care of us.

Jesus also tells us in Matthew 13:22b that "the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful." When Jesus stopped at the home of Mary and Martha, Jesus told Martha "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things";

In Paul's advice to the unmarried in 1Corinthians 7:32, "But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord; 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife." (And vice verse for the women in the next two verses.) Christ wants us to be without CAREFULNESS, without WORRY, without DOUBT and without ANXIETY!

So my dear believers "Be CAREFUL for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication without thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6) and by "Casting all your CARE upon him; for he careth (verb) for you."

Also Jesus tells us "And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what we shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind." (Luke 12:29)

Now, if you are ready to cast all your cares, worry, fretting, doubt and anxiety upon the Lord, pray and ask God to do just that for you in Jesus' name and you just may get a really good nights sleep.

Marsha is a Stay at Home wife, Sisterlisa's mother, and Titus 2 Grandmother to six grandchildren.

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{ Martha } at: July 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM said...

Oh my, that an insightful message about anxiety :o) I never thought of it that way but it most certainly applied to my life.

My name is Martha so I was able to take this message quite literally!

"Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things"

Wow! You did a great job Marsha, you have a way with words and I am looking forward to your next article! Welcome to Apples of Gold :)

{ Cassie or Cassandra } at: July 11, 2009 at 10:52 AM said...

Wow, this hit just when I needed it most. Thank you so much. God was able to use you.
P.S. I miss you

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