May 06, 2018
Anxiety. Worry. Stress. Depression. We all experience these related conditions, to one degree or another. But, is anxiety a sin? Both Jesus and Paul clearly state that it is. To be clear, we are not talking about the types of anxiety that results from chemical imbalances, or psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression, severe anxiety, etc.. In the Biblical context, anxiety is shown to be a trust issue. Do we trust that God really is in control? Matthew 6:26 says, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?“ The question is, then, can God use our anxious moments to mature our faith? Of course, He can! In these times, what should be our single greatest pursuit? The confession of our great need for more of him. We have to ask God to increase our hunger and thirst for Him, especially in our times of worry and/or doubt. The Psalmist writes of this in Psalm 34:4, when he says, "I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears." Today, Pastor Ben digs deep into Psalm 42, as well as several passages from New Testament scripture.