Anxiety can be paralyzing.
It comes in so many forms and yet always leaves you feeling the same: powerless, scared and hopeless.
Where is God when anxiety grips your mind? Is it a sign that He’s abandoned you?
I’ve struggled with this question for years and I’ve come to learn that it is in these times that God is fighting for you.
You may feel alone, but God is by your side in the thick of it. He will never leave you and here are some ways to be assured of that.
Create a Plan of Action
Although anxiety isn’t something to be controlled, there are ways to prepare for it. Creating a plan of action for times of anxiety is crucial to finding God in the pain.
A prayer journal is one effective way to seek God in a crippling moment of anxiety.
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Write out some prayers that resonate with you ahead of time. You can create them yourself or find some online. I’ve found prayers for When You're Under Attack, Sleep and Rest and In the Morning to be reassuring for me.
Keep them accessible and reach for them when God seems far. Whether you are able to do it before, during or after the moment, turning your heart to God will assure you of His presence.
Seek peace in Scripture.
God has filled His Word with comfort and reassurance but it’s easy to forget that in our moments of anxiety. I tend to slowly spiral away from God in these times. At first, it’s in the little things. I remember God’s promises but I just don’t actively read them for myself. Then soon enough, I start to question His love for me.
I’ve been at a place where I believed that God meant what He said in Scripture, He just didn’t mean it for me. I had convinced myself that although I knew God’s promises were out there, that didn’t mean they applied to me. It was a lie from Satan himself.
God promises to never leave you. Make sure you are reading the bible for yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.
Let God Fight for You
There are so many battles that are not ours to fight.
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If you’re anything like me, you probably like to have a sense of control over what is going on around you. But what we tend to overlook is that God is in complete control.
Anxiety finds a foothold when we try and grasp at control too tightly. God knows what is ahead of us and He wants to work everything for our good.
If you can rely on that promise (found in Romans 8:28), you will find a sense of reassurance.
God is good and He is fighting for you. When anxiety threatens to overtake you, remember that God holds your heart and He is with you. Although the result of His love may not be instant relief (which I’m sure both you and I would love), God loves you so deeply and He is working in that very moment to bring your heart closer to His.
So Where’s the Comfort?
The biggest question that I’ve struggled with in the midst of anxiety is, why?
Where is the comfort in God’s promises if I’m still going to suffer?
Anxiety sucks. If I’m giving my heart and giving control to God, then why does He still allow this pain?
This is an age-old question. Why does God allow suffering? Unfortunately, there is not one answer to this question.
We can speculate: He is growing our faith, He has something better for us in the future, or He will use us to send a message to others, but the truth is that we may not know why.
I have found endless comfort in the hope that God will use my pain to help others.
But ultimately, God calls us to trust Him in the midst of suffering without relying on our own understanding.
God has a perspective on our lives that we will only see in Heaven. He can see the beauty in the mess we’re in. And He is taking our mess and making us into His masterpiece.
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Although it is painful now, take comfort in knowing that God is working to make you beautiful. We just need to hang on for the process and continue to trust Him.