Culture has created an increase in mental health issues in the nations. People are being inundated with information (bad news) coming at them from every direction. From youth to adults, bad news is no respector of persons. It is as though there is a cultural storm sitting over the nations and many feel lost, hopeless and anxious by all they are hearing and seeing. It is easy to say turn off the television, but that can create more fear, for people think being in the know helps their anxiety, not realizing it actually fuels it. This epidemic has landed on both Christians and non-Christians alike. Some people have chosen to medicate themselves in one way or another to try and deal with the feelings of anxiety and fear. However, all medication does, whether with alcohol, sex, drugs or some pharmaceutical all medication does is mask the manifestation. Remove the mask of medication and the manifestation is still there. Does this sound familiar for you or someone you know?
The word of God is not just a book for theologians to study, Pastors to preach from, or people to use for their desire to prosper, the Word of God is medicine that heals (Proverbs 17:22); the Word of God is a weapon that protects (Hebrews 4:12); and the Word of God is a Person that understands (John 1:1). The Word of God is also the answer to our problems for it deals with the root issue not just the fruit issue. Psalm 38:18 says, “For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.” The Word of God connect anxiety to sin, but what sin? If sin is the root of anxiety, if we want to uproot the sin, so we no longer feel the fruit of anxiety we need to know what the root sin is. The root sin of anxiety is unbelief. Our lack of trust in God, that He is Lord of the nations, King of all creation, Ruler of every king, and Father of lights, our sin is our unbelief, our trust in God. When we don’t trust God, we get anxious. Believers and unbelievers alike struggle with anxiety, because of the sin of unbelief.
Jeremiah 1 says, the Lord called Jeremiah a prophet to the nations and he was uproot, tear down and destroy, as well as build and plant. Prophets are mouthpieces for God, prophets are town criers that relay messages from God, prophets are to speak the truth of the words of God. For truth is what sets us free and the truth about anxiety is found in the need to uproot unbelief. If you are struggling with anxiety, the answer is not to medicate, but to meditate on the Word of God, for faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10). If you want to be free from anxiety, practice trusting the Lord, spend time in His word, and never forget, He is not a man tha He should lie (Numbers 23:19), you can trust Him. Your trusting God will uproot the sin of unbelief that is producing the fruity of anxiety in your life. I promise this works, for Paul said, we are to be anxious for nothing, trust God and anxiety will no longer be a bad fruit that you have in your life.