Words of Encouragement: Anxiety or Peace–The Choice Is Yours

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6

The evening news is enough to give anyone nightmares. Nuclear warheads loom on the horizon, governments are killing off their own people, one faith attempts to exterminate another. It’s neighbor against neighbor. And Evil prevails.

Sometimes we’re tempted to turn off the news and watch a re-run of some silly sitcom instead. Even so, we cannot fully escape the anxiety the current world situation rains upon us. We cannot miss it—Satan is alive and well on Planet Earth! As believers, we know that we are not supposed to worry and fret about tomorrow. We know that perfect love casts out all fear. And yet, we frequently feel powerless to hold anxiety at bay. We worry that we are losing the battle against fear.

Fortunately, it is not all gloom and doom. There’s good news in all of this: we have the choice of peace over anxiety.

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace because He reconciled all things to the Father through the blood of the cross. This means that if we are born again believers, we are reconciled to God and we have the fruit of the Spirit within us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It’s all in there, all the time. Even when Anxiety comes creeping in.

We have peace. It’s a part of being Christian. But how do we pull up that peace when the evening news is crashing down on us (or something else that may be troubling us even more)? Proverbs 16:7 tells us that when our ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even our enemies to be at peace with us. How can we fear an enemy that God has already reconciled to us? Our task is simply to go about our lives obeying all that Jesus has commanded. When we do, we are freed up to turn over our troubles to the Lord.

God actually invites us to cast all our cares on Him. And when we do, He promises that His awesome peace will “guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.” Imagine that! He guards our hearts and minds against anxiety. Having that kind of protection cannot help but increase our courage and our resolve. And our peace. If God is for us, who can be against us?

Jesus is our peace. God tells us that and Scripture bears it out. Jew and Gentile were brought together into one Church. Jesus broke down the barrier of the dividing wall and reconciled both to the Father so that in Him there is neither Jew nor Gentile.

Much of our insecurity stems from the fact that we put our trust in temporal things that we have no ability to control. We feel responsible to change that which we cannot change. But the mind is capable of choosing to trust God instead. We are not helpless victims of circumstances. As children of God, we are free to opt for the assurance of victory in Christ Jesus.

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