The most common Biblical command is “do not be afraid”. Search your Bible and you will find it repeated dozens of times. It began when God told Abraham, the first man of faith, not to be afraid (Genesis 15:1). Actually, the command could be translated, “stop being afraid!” In other words, Abraham was not only told to be unafraid in the moment, but also to stop fearing as a way of living.
And that is the issue isn’t it. The lingering fears, the constant low-level dread. While momentary fears can come and go, if there is something we are all too familiar with, it’s the anxious life as a way of being. Anxiety is a kind of low-grade fear, the constant gnawing of uncertainty, the constant dread that doesn’t go away. Anxiety can stay with us.
In this brief series, we want to name the condition, describe what it does to us, and consider how life could be different. We want to take note of how anxiety so easily roots itself in our energy and ideas, and how anxiety is not simply a feeling but a practice of life.
So what to do? “When I am afraid, I will trust in you” says the psalmist (Psalm 56:3, NIV).