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Dealing with Anxiety

When anxiety strikes and blurs our vision of God’s glory and the great­ness of the future that he plans for us, this does not mean that we are faith­less, or that we will not make it to heaven. It means our faith is being attacked. At first blow, our belief in God’s promises may sputter and swerve. But whether we stay on track and make it to the finish line depends on whether, by grace, we set in motion a process of resistance—whether we fight back against the unbelief of anxiety.

[. . .] Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Notice: it does not say, “I never struggle with fear.” Fear strikes, and the battle begins. So the Bible does not assume that true believers will have no anxieties. Instead, the Bible tells us how to fight when they strike. For example, 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” It does not say you will never feel any anxieties. It says when you have them, cast them on God.

Excerpted from Future Grace by John Piper


Daily Reflection:
In what ways have you let anxiety rule your life?

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