THE CURE FOR ANXIETY
Politics, the corona virus, the economic crisis, the George Floyd tragedy, and violent protests across America have taken many people’s anxiety to an unprecedented level. And then add to that all of the personal issues people face. Such stress affects the mind through weariness, which impacts people emotionally, as they experience sadness, discouragement and for some, depression.
Christians certainly are not immune to anxiety (i.e., worry, stress). Because believers have a personal relationship with GOD, their solution to stress is dramatically different than the world’s. So, when we become anxious, and therefore mentally tired or worse as a result of current national or personal circumstances, just what are we to do? How can we alleviate that stress?
One significant answer is Biblical meditation. Just what is it? Meditation is a person’s disciplined decision to think reflectively on GOD’s Word. In other words, spend time reading and thinking about what GOD is saying through His Word.
One source made this interesting observation.
“It is a bewildering paradox of our day that the Bible can be so accessible and yet so marginalized. On the one hand, our technology has brought GOD’s Word close at hand. It’s on our phones and tablets and computers and iPods. We have almost immediate access to several versions of the Bible as well as a wealth of sermons and commentaries. But this same technology also threatens to distract us and drown out GOD’s Word. We have become a culture obsessed with noise and comfortable with clutter. So many sources are bringing intput into our lives: TV, radio, online news feeds, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…. More than ever we need to make time to meditate, to dwell in and on GOD’s Word.”
Our problem? Busyness. Hecticness. Franticness. It is so incredibly difficult for us to slow down. But, especially in light of today’s heightened anxieties, we need to meditate on GOD’s Word.
Psalm 1: 1-2 declares, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Joshua 1:8a: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night…”
Psalm 63:6: “When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.”
Psalm 119: 15-16: “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.”
Psalm 119:97: “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”
When you and I practice the spiritual discipline of consistently meditating on GOD’s Word, something really wonderful happens inside of us. Listen to Psalm 119:165a: “Great peace have those who love Your law.”
When you read and mediate on GOD’s Word, it calms your anxious spirit and gives you a peace that passes all understanding.
Psalm 37:7a says, “Rest in the LORD.”
Psalm 62:1a declares, “Truly my soul finds rest in GOD.”
Your physical status, emotional state, and spiritual condition are all interrelated. What affects one affects all. Every Christian needs rest in all three areas. Biblical meditation brings rest to us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
So, if you are experiencing anxiety, if you are mentally tired, if you are discouraged because of life’s circumstances, slow down, find a quiet place, take your Bible, read it, and mediate on it. I guarantee you that you will find rest for your soul!