My first reaction to that question is “yes, we are.” But the rest of the answer is a little more complicated. God never told us we would never have hard times, and He never said things would always be tulips and lollipops. But here is what He DID say:
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
–Psalm 55:22 NASB
So, for me, it all comes down to trust. If you are trusting God, worry and anxiety have nothing to hold onto. When you find yourself worrying, just take a second, breathe, and remind yourself that God is in control.
I’ve had to really live by this rule a LOT these past couple weeks. This year hasn’t started off on the best foot (pun intended, since I’m currently nursing a hurt foot), and I’ve found myself worrying and getting anxious. My health insurance will be up in just a couple weeks when I am able to find a new job, and my new insurance won’t kick in for a bit. So taking care of a hurt foot is going to be kind of expensive. Looking for a job in today’s market is a little more stressful than it has been in the past, so I’ve really had to depend on God to bring me through it all. I have no doubt that He will, but I still find myself getting anxious.
So to answer the question about Christians and anxiety, yes we are allowed to be anxious, but the other part of that is to use the anxiety to remind us to trust in God. Don’t wallow in your anxiety and let it run your life. God is much better at that, anyway.
I’ve heard it said as well, “Well, as a Christian we shouldn’t worry, and should just rely on God to fix everything.” While these statements are being said in love and pure sincerity, I don’t necessarily agree. There is NO SHAME in asking for help. If you have to see a doctor, or a counselor to have someone to talk to? Do it. Even just going to a close friend and asking to talk (which is what a good friend and I will be doing later tonight) is better than being anxious, then being anxious about how you shouldn’t be anxious because you should be depending on God to fix your anxiety and how because you’re still anxious it must mean that you don’t trust God and that you’re a horrible Christian. Did you get all that? That’s what it feels like to be anxious. in a hundred words or less. Do you really want that to take root in your brain and ruin your day? Not me. If it means that I have to find the strength to ask for help, then gosh-darnit, I’m going to ask for help.
Read your bible, learn to trust God, and pray every day. But you’re bound to have a couple (or a thousand) bad days, and those days are when you need God most. He’s around. Even when it feels like He’s 1000 miles away. And when you need a corporeal person to talk to, let someone know. Don’t let your anxiety go and go and go until you can’t find your way up anymore.
Like this post? Share with your friends! Let them know someone is always listening, and we all go through the same things 🙂 You’re not alone. If you have a story about anxiety, or advice on what you do when you’re feeling anxious, leave it below! I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time,