Waves of Anxiety | Psalm 94:16-23
Today's Passage: Psalm 94:16-23
Key Verses: Psalm 94:18-19
When I said, "My foot is slipping," your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Sometimes we can feel it coming on. Like a person who loses his footing on a steep climb, we can feel our emotions slipping. The waves of anxiety build until they crash into our hearts and drench our souls. Here it comes, the fear of uncertainty.
- Your teenager is late coming home on a stormy night.
- Your boss wants to see you first thing in the morning.
- The doctor wants to run some more tests.
- Your mind swirls in the waiting room for news from the surgery.
- The doctor says, "I'm sorry. There is no more we can do."
- The savings are gone.
- Your spouse walks out the door.
Life is filled with things that cause uncertainty. The stuff of life is beyond our control, and it's the lack of control that causes our emotions to implode. What do we do when we are standing in the midst of life and we feel the fear coming on? The psalmist instructs us to turn hard toward God.
It is our loving Father who comes to our aid. As we take on the crashing waves of uncertainty he keeps us standing. When our feet begin to slip, he grabs us and holds on tight. His peace passes human understanding. His comfort brings joy even in the midst of stormy trials. When we know God as our Father, certain help is always present with us.
Father, some are reading this with a heart saturated by anxiety. Allow them right now to feel the calming comfort of your Spirit. Give them a certainty of your presence that always comes with a deep peace. Let them know that since you are for us, nothing can stand against us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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