Casting Our Anxiety on God

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

1 Peter 5: 6-7

Anxiety is practically an epidemic today. Numerous people of all ages receive treatment due to anxiety disorders. Some are objects of psychological therapies; but others are treated with drugs designed specifically for these purposes. Millions of dollars are spent annually on anxiety treatments. The Bible gives us in 1 Peter 5:6-7 an alternative treatment for anxiety: casting all our anxiety on God. Undoubtedly this therapy is convenient and has no adverse side effects.

Anxiety is an involuntary anticipation of future harm or misfortune, accompanied by an unpleasant feeling or somatic symptoms of tension. The objective of the anticipated damage can be internal or external. It is a warning sign that warns of an imminent danger and allows the person to take the necessary measures to face a threat.

In modern advanced societies, this innate characteristic of the human being has developed in a pathological way and, in some cases, forms symptomatic pictures that constitute the so-called anxiety disorders, which have negative and very unpleasant consequences for those who suffer them. Anxiety disorder is a general term that encompasses several different forms of a type of mental disorder, characterized by abnormal and pathological fear and anxiety. The term anxiety encompasses four aspects that an individual may experience: mental apprehension, physical tension, physical symptoms, and dissociative anxiety.

Medications are a quick option to eliminate a problem. But this does not mean that they are the best alternative, much less the only one. In the case of psychological problems such as anxiety, medications help reduce the intensity of symptoms but do not eradicate the problem. Therefore, one of the most common complaints of those who consume the medications for anxiety is that, as soon as they stop taking them, the symptoms return, sometimes with more intensity than before.

The main anti-anxiety drugs currently used are: Klonopin (clonazepam), Altivan (lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), Buspar (buspirone), Lectopam (bromazepam) and Valium (diazepam). Possible side effects of these drugs include: blurred vision, upset stomach, headache, confusion, lightheadedness, nightmares, dizziness, nausea, nervousness, excitement, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, cold hands and weakness

People today want to find a pill for every disease that is presented, be it physical or psychological. I think there are those who would like to take pills to solve their lack of money or employment. But the word of God presents far more effective solutions than taking a capsule or a tablet. In the case of anxiety, of which no one is exempt, the biblical solution is to leave in God’s hands the whole of our anxiety and let ourselves be carried by Him.

The Lord tells us in Matthew 11:29-30, Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Doing things as He says is best and without side effects. God bless you.


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