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5 Reasons Why Christians Shouldn’t Get Anxious

Struggle with anxiety?

You’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults every year. That’s 18% of the population. America dishes out more than $42B annually to treat anxious patients.

I wish anxiety was uncommon. But it’s not.

7 Reasons Why Christians Shouldn't be Anxious

I’ve had the battles myself. As a Type-A, ambitious person, I try to accomplish a million things a day. Sometimes this is to my downfall, creates anxiety, keeps me up at night, and makes me miserable.

So I can empathize with you if your struggle is the same.

Good news: Scripture has much comfort to offer anxious Christians.

While medical attention and counseling are sometimes needed, and with the understanding that this is not always a black and white issue, here’s at least 5 reasons why Christians shouldn’t get anxious:

1)Anxiety won’t help your situation.

Anxious for Nothing, by John MacArthur. That’s the first book I ever got. I was thirteen years old. To this day, I have no idea how I got it. I must have accidentally signed up for Grace to You’s newsletter, or something, and they sent it to me as a free gift. Nevertheless, I was grateful for the present.

Sadly, I never read the book. But I kept it by my bed all throughout my teenage years, and the title alone was enough to convince me that anxiety is worthless.

Anxious for Nothing.

It’s true: Anxiety never helps. Ever. It just gives the illusion of forward progress. It gives you something to do, but doesn’t help your situation.

2) Anxiety forgets you’ve been rescued from the worst.

I know life is hard. I know sin and the curse are real. I know you don’t understand all the trials in your life. But if you are in Christ, you’ve been rescued from the worst possible pain — you’ve been rescued from eternal punishment.

That means that, for the Christian, this life is as close to hell as you’ll ever experience. And even if all else fails, you’re eternal security with Christ is sufficient to give you enough joy to last until eternity.

3) All things work out for good.

Romans 8:28 is a coffee cup verse, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” A beautiful verse indeed. But Romans 8:28 makes little sense without Romans 8:29: “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son…”

To the image of Jesus.

Yes, God is working all things out for good. But that also means he’s making you more like Jesus, the suffering servant. So when trials hit, you need not be anxious, but entrust yourself to God who, somehow, is working this out for your good.

7 Reasons Why Christians Shouldn't Be Anxious

4) One day it will be over.

You and I don’t think about heaven enough. 

Life is but a midst. Here for a moment — then gone. Heaven will include a lot of things, but sin, sorrow, or anxiety won’t be one of them. Intentional meditation on eternity (later) will help alleviate your anxieties (now).

5) God will take care of you.

God takes care of the birds (Matthew 6:26). Two sparrows can’t fall to the ground without divine permission. If seemingly insignificant creatures are cared for, won’t you be okay?

In the verse right before Matthew 6:26, Jesus says, “Do not be anxious about your life.” LIFE. In other words, don’t be anxious about ANYTHING. Point is simple: You don’t have to be anxious about anything, because in everything, God will take care of you.

This is just a start. By God’s grace, your anxiety can be treated. And he is ready to help you. Stop and pray and ask him to help. He will. And remember that anxiety won’t help your current need. As Charles Spurgeon says, “Anxiety doesn’t empty tomorrow of it’s sorrows, only today of it’s strength.”

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About David Qaoud

David Qaoud (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and founder of gospelrelevance.com. His work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Banner of Truth. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children. Learn more.

3 Replies

  1. Anxiety is life draining. When I was younger I used to have anxiety attacks. I would have them while in crowds, while driving on the highway, and at night when I was home alone. I would think I was dying each time I had one. I remember one time actually calling an ambulance and going to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. I recall many times in the midst of these anxiety attacks I would pray and every time God would calm my racing heart and thoughts.

    The anxiety I face now highlights that I may not trust God as much as I say I do. It is something that I don’t like to admit. I think what makes me the most anxious is feeling like my needs will not be met. It is hard for me to trust that God will take care of me. It’s awesome that you mentioned about the sparrows (Matthew 6:26). I love watching birds because it is so peaceful and entertaining. I have noticed that God indeed takes care of the birds. I often see huge flocks of birds several times per day. It amazes me at the number of birds thriving and just living a bird’s life. It is a great visual reminder that God cares for all He has created. I have a mug that says “Birds don’t worry they sing”. I definitely see the truth of this because even in the midst of the coldest days the birds are singing and thriving.

    I pray that I too can praise God and trust that He will take care of me. Like you said anxiety does not help your situation. Thanks for sharing this blog post. It was definitely right on time. Sorry for such a long comment. If you get a chance look up “grackles in parking lots” on YouTube. You will definitely see birds thriving under God’s care.

    1. Thank you for sharing. And I’ve been there before too – chest pains because of anxiety. It’s no fun. I love that quote, “Birds don’t worry, they sing.” Love that. Just a beautiful reminder that we have so much to be grateful for. And that our gratitude should constantly overflow into praise to God.

  2. Kitsy

    Well done. I keep having to remind myself and others: this is not heaven; this is the life before the afterlife. This world, this universe is not fair, just, or rational.

    I was diagnosed bipolar around the year 2000. I had to retire on disability in 2003, because I was in such bad shape, emotionally; I could not work. But, when I lost my job, I didn’t know who or what I was because I had identified with my career for 22 years. Anxiety had me by the throat. I was always in fear; I’d watch squirrels jump from tree to tree and fear for them (and me) falling; I’d read the Bible about the men in the fiery furnace and fear that I would be called on to do the same. It was a totally unreasonable fear. I would cling to family members when they would hug me. I wrote; I talked; I cried; I was on medication. I didn’t know how to pray very well at the time. Time helped. Getting off of the wrong medication helped. Therapy helped. But, unfortunately, rational arguments never got through. I read in a book recently that rational approaches to problems, that didn’t start through reason in the first place, don’t work.

    What you are saying and doing is good, because prayer is not rational. Belief in Jesus and the Gospel, is not rational. But when you have hit the bottom, and I have, your ability to accept and trust God changes, particularly when that is all you have left.