Humility: A Key to Conquering Anxiety

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A Key to Conquering Anxiety

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Humility: A Key to Conquering Anxiety

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Fear is winning and has disabled many of us. Our days and nights are spent consumed with anxiety. We worry about the troublesome implications of past decisions. We worry about the uncertain possibilities of our future. All together these result in our inability to move forward in the present. We can spend the whole journey of life riddled with anxiety because of the many things that are out of our control.

Anxiety says: “It’s up to me. I have to handle it on my own.” But without God, we can accomplish very little towards finding peace of mind.

In a stirring encouragement to early Christians, he called for humility as the means to set aside anxiety: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7 1 Peter 5:6-7 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you.
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).How can we continually cope with such intense pressure and anxiety? The apostle Peter gave us vital instruction that we can rest upon.

What happens to our anxiety when we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand? We place ourselves in the hands of the One who has the power and desire to release us from anxiety’s grip!

Anxiety says, “It’s up to me”

We can’t allow our pride to keep us from seeking God’s help. Jesus pointed out the utter uselessness of anxiety of and by itself: ”And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Luke 12:25 Luke 12:25And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
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). Anxiety says: “It’s up to me. I have to handle it on my own.” But without God, we can accomplish very little towards finding peace of mind. “If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?” (Luke 12:26 Luke 12:26If you then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take you thought for the rest?
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In the book of Ecclesiastes, wise Solomon also has a lot to say about the useless approach of taking on worrisome circumstances alone: “If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie” (Ecclesiastes 11:3 Ecclesiastes 11:3If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall be.
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What control do we have over how much water will empty from the clouds? Or the direction in which a tree falls?

Dealing with anxiety on our own fails to produce any worthwhile results and it will prevent us from living a productive life. Solomon went on to say, “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 Ecclesiastes 11:4He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.
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Whosoever watches the wind will not plant! Why? Because without God there are no certainties. There will always be “rain in the clouds” that can paralyze us from moving forward with confidence. But with God, we can plow onward with assurance even if the conditions seem unfavorable or impossible.

Anxiety fills our minds with more questions than answers. But God has all the answers! “As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything” (Ecclesiastes 11:5 Ecclesiastes 11:5As you know not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so you know not the works of God who makes all.
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). Our Creator works in our lives, knowing every answer.

Don’t worry, just sow!

“In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good” (Ecclesiastes 11:6 Ecclesiastes 11:6In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hand: for you know not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
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). Don’t worry about the results, put your energy towards sowing.

In life, we can’t always know which efforts will succeed. We can worry ourselves about which seed will come up first or if it will produce at all. Solomon emphatically urges us to sow diligently and feel comfort in knowing that God will determine the outcome.

Extraordinarily Peter carried this understanding even further by saying that if we turn to God during our difficult times, joy will be our companion, not anxiety. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love” (1 Peter 1:6-8 1 Peter 1:6-8 6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
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Even though we may not fully understand every detail regarding the trying circumstances we encounter, we can still rejoice knowing that God is looking to exalt us in due time! Wonderfully He has given us the understanding of His ultimate purpose for our life. Through the struggles we face, God is working out a greater joy to come. He loves us very much, so when paralyzing anxiety looms, remember to humbly cast your cares on God!