Friday, September 19, 2014

Nerves, Anxiety, Exhaustion!

Nerves, Anxiety, Exhaustion!

There are people that say, “My nerves are out-of-control.” Why? What causes people’s nerves to be uncontrollable? Sometimes there is friction in the home causing unhappiness and tired nerves that largely cause people to be overwrought. Tension comes from cutting things we say, our criticism, causing irritated nerves. We say cruel things to even our best friends and to those we love most when our nerves are on edge from fret and worry. We say things we would not have said for the world but for the irritation, the sheer exhaustion, that robbed us of self-control. How many people carry cruel wounds for years, perhaps for a lifetime, which were thoughtlessly inflicted by a dear friend in a moment of anger when their physical standards were low.

There are only three ways to handle problems in life. You either break out and get a rash, have a panic attack or get angry. You break down, and silently withdraw getting all kinds of psychosomatic illnesses; or you break through in victory. You either break out, break down, or break through. To breakthrough is the only way to live. To be really alive to the fullest is to break through the trouble and come out victorious.  

Probably the best-known passage on anxiety comes from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6. Our Lord warns us against being anxious about the various cares of this life. For the child of God, even necessities like food and clothing are nothing to worry about. Using examples from God's creation, Jesus teaches that our Heavenly Father knows our needs and cares about them. If God takes care of simple things like grass, flowers, and birds, won't He also care for people who are created in His image? Rather than worry over things we cannot control, we should "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be added to you" (verse 33). Putting God first is a cure for anxiety.

Many times, anxiety or bad nerves are a result of sin, and the cure is to deal with the sin. Psalm 32:1-5 says that the person whose sin is forgiven is blessed, and the heavy weight of guilt is taken away when sins are confessed. Is a broken relationship creating anxiety? Try to make peace (2 Corinthians 13:11). Is fear of the unknown leading to anxiety? Turn the situation over to the God who knows everything and is in control of it all (Psalm 68:20). Are overwhelming circumstances causing anxiety? Have faith in God. When the disciples became distressed in a storm, Jesus first rebuked their lack of faith, then rebuked the wind and the waves (Matthew 8:23-27).  As long as we are with Jesus, there is nothing to fear.

All Your Anxiety

Is there a heart o'er-bound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross--each burden bearing,
All your anxiety--leave it there.

All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat--leave it there;
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus.

Thought: If ever there was a friend that could sooth the heart, it’s Jesus. And if ever there was a friend that truly cared, it is the Lord. So why do you worry and why do you fret? The One who made the universe; put each star in place, designed the birds to fly and fashioned each fish to swim. Could He not help you with your anxieties, your nerves, and with all your fears? We can count on the Lord to provide for our needs, protect us from evil, guide us, and keep our souls secure for eternity. We may not be able to prevent anxious thoughts from entering our minds, but we can practice the right response. Philippians 4:6,7 instructs us to, “Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth (surpasses) all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Thank you, Lord, for your watchful eye and loving care over us.

1. Excerpts taken from:
2. Orison Swett Marden, The Joys of Living, published 1912
3. Edward H. Joy, 1920, “All Your Anxiety”

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