In my research for my book on Generation Z entitled, Engaging Generation Z, I was shocked at the number of teenagers who deal with anxiety. There are more students affected by mental health and anxiety issues than in any previous generation.
As a pastor, I can also testify that their parents are not too far behind them. It seems that an increasing number of adults wrestle with anxiety in their lives. The current global pandemic does not help the situation.
We live in an uncertain world. We are tempted to worry about the future. At times, our anxiety clouds our focus on the Lord. Rather than fixing our eyes upon Him, we focus on possible negative events in our lives or hard circumstances that are happening in real time.
Carrying this anxiety around is a burden we are unable to bear. It is also a weight that is unnecessary, and one that God does not want us to carry.
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Peter tells Christ followers how we should handle our anxiety. He writes, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 CSB
God does not want us to carry around the burden of our anxieties. He doesn’t want us to try to pick ourselves up by our own boot straps or just suck it up and drive on. God wants us to acknowledge that we are not in control of our circumstances and are ultimately dependent upon Him–humble ourselves.
Then, God wants us to give Him our anxiety and worries. He wants to carry them on our behalf. God wants us to lift our concerns up to Him through prayer.
So, what are you doing with your anxiety and worry. Are you trying to carry it like a burden that is too heavy to bear? Are you casting your worry upon the Lord, knowing that He loves you with an everlasting love?
God loves you! He wants to carry your concerns and anxieties. Will you give them to Him?
When we cast our anxiety on God, we are living like Jesus.