[box color=”grey-vibrant” type=”square” icon=”asterisk”][texthighlight color=”white” ]When anxieties and worries multiply in my soul, God’s comforts delight my soul.[/texthighlight][/box]
Why do anxieties and worries multiply in the soul of a believer?
While God has freed a believer from all the sins and worries by shedding His blood, why do worries and anxieties fill the heart of a believer?
What is the cause of the presence of anxieties in the heart of a believer and surprisingly, why do they multiply? Let us explore.
When we forget the Lord
Joseph and Mary are the parents of Jesus Christ. But they were anxious! Why were they anxious?
Verse 43 – When the days of fest were over, Jesus stayed in Jerusalem (coz that is were Jesus is supposed to be!). But His parents didn’t know this. They had totally forgotten Jesus.
[box color=”grey-mute” type=”square” icon=”lightbulb”][texthighlight color=”white” ]When you forget Jesus in your life, you cannot escape anxieties and worries![/texthighlight] [/box]
We are busy and distracted with our day to day routines, with our work, with our lives, with our commitments and hence we forget Jesus.
When we are in trouble, we seek the help of friends, relatives and others, but not Jesus. And when we forget Jesus, the consequence can be nothing but anxiety and worry.
God warns that we should not forget Him because He delivered us from Egypt (all our worldly sins) and the house of bondage.
Usually it is natural for us to “remember” Jesus for a while – immediately after we experience salvation and are baptized – but then later on when we continue with our old sins and get busy with our lives, we eventually forget Jesus.
Isiah 17:10, 11
The Lord is our Rock of stronghold and our salvation. But if we forget Him, He will not bless us with good harvest and He will not help us flourish! This naturally means that no matter how hard we work God will not put His hands on our income.
We might think that we have enough money and technological advancement to help multiply our income but if God is not willing to help us (because we forgot Him) we will only harvest grief and sorrow.
Psalms 103: 2
David says not to forget all His benefits! We should always remember Lord’s ways and the benefits we received through Him.
Psalms 77: 10-12
Asaph sings that we remember the years in the hands of God, the works of the Lord, the wonders that God did for us in the early days. We must meditate on all His works and deeds that He did in favor of us.
God has blessed us with all the goodness of life through His good deeds and miracles. We must always remember these throughout our lives (until the day we die).
When we don’t stay close to God we weep
Psalms 6: 8
Luke 22: 54, 62
Peter followed Jesus at a distance. He was supposed to be with Jesus and support Jesus with His prayers. He was supposed to be close to Him. But Peter went to a distance. And that lead Peter to weep bitterly.
When we are surrounded by people who sin against God and by the workers of iniquity, we go to a distance from the Lord.
Luke 22: 50 – The same Peter was once so emotional that he even cut off the ear of a servant when Jesus was caught. But emotional following doesn’t last long. We should stay close to the Lord wholeheartedly.
2Kings 10: 31
Jehu did not follow God wholeheartedly (although he did emotionally followed the Lord for a while) – he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam.
Luke 15: 13
The younger son went far away so that he could live prodigally because we cannot live prodigally when we stay close to God.
[box color=”grey-mute” type=”square” icon=”lightbulb”][texthighlight color=”white” ]That is why, when we go far away from the Lord we are exposed to the worldly sins and prodigal ways. This will naturally lead to worries and weeping.[/texthighlight] [/box]
Matt. 26: 75 – Peter went out and wept bitterly. When we look back into the verse 35, he says that even if he has to die with the Lord he will not deny you.
But then in verse 58, we see that he sits down with the servants who are the ones that caught Jesus and mocked at Him.
In verse 69, he then moved to the courtyard. The servants and the other servant maid followed Peter and asked if he was with Jesus. And then Peter moved to the gateway – Peter kept moving away and away from Jesus.
If we start moving away from Jesus we will surely move away farther; coming closer again is nearly impossible (unless it is God’s will).
Asaph says that he is with God continually and hence God holds him by His right hand!
We are afraid when we lose faith
When we love the Lord wholeheartedly we need not lose hope and be afraid.
Matt. 14: 30, 31
[box color=”grey-mute” type=”square” icon=”lightbulb”][texthighlight color=”white” ]Those who are afraid will sink! When we lose faith in the Lord, we become afraid of the situations. This leads to fear and anxiety.[/texthighlight] [/box]
Heb 3: 12
Unbelief will lead us to depart from the Lord – this will again lead us back to weeping!
Here there are – 3 simple but most important things that we need to focus on if we want to get rid of all our fear, weeping and anxieties.
Run a check with your lives and see if you’ve got any of them. If yes, eliminate those factors and enjoy the true peace and joy given by our Lord.