1683) “When I Am Anxious…”

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By John Piper at:  http://www.desiringGod.org


I Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxieties on God, because he cares for you.

     When I am anxious about some risky new venture or meeting, I battle unbelief with one of my most often-used promises, Isaiah 41:10:  “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

     When I am anxious about being too weak to do my work, I battle unbelief with the promise of God in II Corinthians 12:9:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

     When I am anxious about decisions I have to make about the future, I battle unbelief with the promise of Psalm 32:8:  “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

     When I am anxious about facing opponents, I battle unbelief with the promise of Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

     When I am anxious about the welfare of those I love, I battle unbelief with the promise that if I, being evil, know how to give good things to my children, how much more will the “Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11).

     When I am anxious about my ministry being useless and empty, I fight unbelief with the promise of Isaiah 55:11:  “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

     When I am anxious about being sick, I battle unbelief with the promise, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).  And I take the promise with trembling, “knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).

     When I am anxious about getting old, I battle unbelief with the promise: “Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you.  I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save” (Isaiah 46:4).

     When I am anxious about dying, I battle unbelief with the promise that “none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.  For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.  So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.  For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living” (Romans 14:7-9).

     When I am anxious that I may make shipwreck of faith and fall away from God, I battle unbelief with the promises, “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

     Unbelief is the root of anxiety, which, in turn, is the root of so many other sins.  So let us keep our eyes fixed on the precious and very great promises of God.  Take up the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit for help, lay the promises up in your heart, and fight the good fight, living by faith in God and His gracious promises.


Thy word, O Lord, is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

–Psalm 119:105