Wiregrass Hope Group's Christian counselors have written these posts on anxiety based on their own experiences and the book Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. Our hope is for you to live free from anxiety.
My husband and I travel frequently. Before 9/11, we didn’t think twice about getting on a plane. Now I find myself checking out all the passengers in the waiting area before boarding. What if this is a flight terrorist would target? What if we never get to see our children and grandchildren again? What ifs come in a variety of packages.
As God’s children, we are to “Fix our eyes on our Sovereign Lord and take refuge in Him.” Fear is at the root of our "What Ifs", and if we are trusting, there is no room for fear. Fear is the root of anxiety and is the opposite of trust.
2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to “Take every thought captive.” But what does that look like in a practical sense? When doubt comes in such as, “Is God going to really do what He promised?” I need to combat that thought with meditating on what His Word says. And it’s good to know what His Word says to apply it.
Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear for I am with you.” So, if we are trusting, there is no room for fear.
Do we believe that God will bring to pass what He told us in his word? Let me give you an example of a man named George Mueller. Mueller cared for over 10,000 orphans in his life, and he was famous for his great belief that God would provide. This story is told from the perspective of a steamship captain who was a very devoted Christian,
“The last time I sailed here, which was five weeks ago, something happened that revolutionized my entire Christian life. I had been on the bridge for 24 straight hours when George Mueller of Bristol, England, who was a passenger on board, came to me and said, “Captain, I need to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.” “That is impossible,” I replied. “Very well,” Mueller responded, “If your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way, for I have never missed an engagement in 57 years. Let’s go down to the chartroom to pray.” I looked at this man of God and thought to myself, What lunatic asylum did he escape from? I had never encountered someone like this. “Mr. Mueller,” I said, “do you realize how dense the fog is?” “No,” he replied. “My eye is not on the dense fog but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.” He then knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers I’ve ever heard. When he had finished, I started to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me NOT to pray. He said, “First, you do not believe God will answer, and second, I believe He has. Consequently, there is no need whatsoever for you to pray about it.” As I looked at him, he said, “Captain, I have known my Lord for 57 years, and there has never been even a single day that I have failed to get an audience with the King. Get up Captain, and open the door, and you will see that the fog is gone.” I got up, and indeed the fog was gone. And on Saturday afternoon George Mueller was in Quebec for his meeting."
Do we have the desire to have the kind of faith that George Mueller had? As Christians, we have the same God living inside of us. He may not be calling us to preach in Quebec, but He could be calling us to believe that He is big enough to see us through our trial, perhaps to love that difficult person even when we sense that person doesn’t care a flip about for us, or not to lose hope with a situation hasn’t changed year after year. God can be trusted with your "What Ifs."
Prayer: Pray and read Jeremiah 17: 5-8 as a good strategy to deal with your own doubts.
Further Study: Read Chapter 10 of Calm My Anxious Heart.
Small Group Questions: Questions 2, 3, 5, and 6 of Week 10 in the back of Calm My Anxious Heart.
Comment: What are your “What ifs?”
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