I wouldn’t want to suggest to you that a trouble-free life is possible. I wouldn’t even want to suggest that a trouble-free Christmas can be expected. I do, however, regard that an anxiety-free life is within our reach.
Many of us, I suspect, think of trouble and anxiety as going “hand in hand”. If you have the one (trouble), then the other (anxiety) is sure to follow.
Admittedly, this is often my own experience. And yet, the teaching of Jesus leads me to believe that it ought not to be this way. Furthermore, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Trouble and anxiety need not always go together. Again, it’s not that trouble can altogether be averted. Jesus promised His followers, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). In other words, adversity and challenges should not surprise us. We should not think it strange when bad things happen to us. It is often the case that the “trouble” we experience is beyond our control. What is within our control, however, is whether or not we respond to our trouble with excessive worry and anxiety.
While we might think it is natural and normal to be anxious amid adversity, I note that Jesus—who promised that I’d experience trouble—also exhorts His followers, “Do not worry about your life” (Matthew 6:25).
Jesus spends significant time addressing the subject of worry in Matthew 6:25-34. He makes a compelling case for His followers to abandon all worry. That’s something I need. That’s something I desperately want—especially as the pressures surrounding Christmas begin to mount.
1) It is useless (worrying won’t fix our problems)
2) It is unnecessary (in a context where a caring God consistently provides for us)
3) It is unChristian (worry is inconsistent with the worldview of someone who professes to trust in God)
Jesus not only calls us away from worry, but He also calls us to something. Worrying is overcome when we pursue God and His priorities.
If anxiety is something you struggle with, may I encourage you to check out what Jesus says on the subject (Matthew 6:25-34). Check out also the audio message below. I’m confident that you’ll see how a worry-free posture is within your reach!