Is Anxiety Suffering?


HumbleThyself

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

How do you “Cast all your anxieties on him?” Good question. I don’t think any of us do it perfectly, while we are still in the flesh. We will always struggle. 1 Peter deals with suffering almost more than any other epistle. The only difficulty really exists in our own mind, that we believe our anxiety is somehow part of our suffering. It is NOT!

Worry, and anxiety, are sin! As Pastor Zac Nazarian (Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach) says, when anxiety comes calling on him, he tells it to “Talk to the hand”! Suffering is what happens when people ridicule us and revile us for our faith, thinking we are weak, or somehow less than they are for standing on their own two feet and hoisting themselves by their own arses.

Sorry, for the vulgarity, but that’s what it really seems to me. At some point, their arrogance and pride is all they’re referring to. We have to pray the Lord will somehow reach even them, in spite of themselves, and that they can be “Turned around” before getting to Hell.

Obviously, there are many other things that are suffering as well, but most of those aren’t concerned with worry or anxiety.  Folks may worry when they’re poor, and don’t have enough food, clothing or shelter, or warmth or clean water, etc…, but that type of worry usually leads to some sort of action step, in terms of driving them to try to meet those basic physical needs, or to seek the Lord’s help in meeting those needs through prayer and asking for help from a local church, or Christian (or other relief or aid) organization.

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