“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
-Jesus reminds us that He is our Father & knows exactly what we need in life. He cautions us against worrying; for it is futile & cannot add even a cubit in our status by doing so. In the realisation that we are in the world & not of the world but belong to His kingdom, we focus on His love & grace. He has promised us what when we seek first His kingdom, He will give us all things.
-Anxiety in Hebrew is written as deagah & it means fearful, eagerness, worry, tension & fretful. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, distress, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome, danger or misfortune. Anxiety can be classified into : – Panic attacks, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Generalised anxiety disorder & Phobias. It originates from past or childhood unpleasant experiences, medication effects, genetics, stress, poor physical & mental health, which could lead to drug abuse, insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, low immunity & other chronic illnesses. Anxiety has been listed as the main cause of depression in Prov 12:25 echoed by medical scientists. They have proven that depression is more of a psychological problem which is caused by stress originating from unemployment, low business, worrying about parents or children, illnesses, failure in achieving goals in life, change in life circumstances, loss of a loved one through separation or bereavement, loss of wealth & worrying too much about ones life. Others include: – reduced level of neuro-transmitters (nerve activity), hormonal change & genetic factors; which are all rooted from anxiety in the mind. Hagar in the Bible was anxious when Sarah kicked them out of her house. She went to the wilderness of Beersheba with her son Ismail; when they ran out of water. She lost hope, gave up & waiting for the death of her son Ismail. As the name Ismail means the Lord has heard your affliction, Hagar prayed & the angel of the Lord visited them at their point of need & showed them a well of water. Ismail was later blessed into a great nation by virtue of him being Abraham’s seed. Likewise, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which caused him a lot of anxiety for days on the account of Daniel’s blessings. He sort for the wisdom of sorcerers, magicians, Chaldeans & astrologers to provide the dream & its interpretation. They failed completely & agitated the king who ordered for their destruction. Daniel prayed to God for help & was able to reveal the dream & its interpretation to the king. This resulted to a breakthrough in Daniel & his friends lives; who were promoted to govern the affairs of Babylon province. Christ gives us peace that leads our hearts & minds to rest in His care despite the many challenges that we face daily. We should therefore give thanks to Him despite these problems & needs in recognition that God is still on the throne & everything is under His control. At the appropriate time He is faithful to bring all our desires to pass; that all glory goes back to Him.
God our Father we thank You for this far You have brought us. We have experienced Your love, mercy & grace all the times; we praise You. Increase our faith in You, that we may submit all our anxieties & burdens to You, our Lord & King. Give us rest in our hearts & minds that we may focus on Your kingdom rather than our cares. May Your love & grace abound in us, our families & nation now & forever. All glory & honour belong to You Father. Amen
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