When Anxiety Comes

Today’s blog post comes in the form of a printable resource!

As the title suggests, this is a tool I’ve designed to help you face reality when anxiety comes. That’s right when anxiety comes. It arrives at different points for all of us; moving to university for the first/last time, starting a new job, starting/ending a relationship or any other chaotic season in your life. Whatever it looks like for you, this is a season not to dismiss your emotions but to learn to praise God in spite of them. Instead of accepting lies that diminish your worth, facing them head-on with the truth that God has spoken over us long before we existed.

When I think about people who faced anxiety about the future I think about Moses and the Israelites, after wandering in the desert for 40 years I can imagine that they began to wonder if the promised land was too good to be true. Yes, they were freed from slavery under the Egyptians but they were also walking in circles in the wilderness, a new generation was emerging with what seemed like very little hope. (Watch the Exodus Video at the very bottom for more information).

In Numbers 13, we see God instruct Moses to send out 12 spies to go and scope out the land He had promised them, and to their surprise, they find “a land flowing with milk and honey”. This promised land was fruitful, it was rich, but it was also full of what the spies referred to as giants. In the ESV it says that the spies gave this report,

“This land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are of great height….and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

Numbers 13:32-33

As I read this verse, I challenged myself on my own giant/grasshopper mentality. What promises has God made to me that anxiety has told me are too good for me? It is completely human to see challenges and it is okay to acknowledge the difficulties that may be in the path ahead but what is integral to our growth is remembering the words that God spoke before the lies stepped in. Caleb (one of the spies) is a very good example of this, whilst the other spies grumble and plant fear in the hearts of the Israelites he steps up and speaks out saying;

“The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”

Numbers 14:7-9

Today choose not to fear your version of the giants, like Caleb, remember the victory that is yours because of who is with you. One way to remember that victory is to read over what the Bible says about who God is, and who you are because of that. Below you’ll find link below to some printable cards to carry around with you.

Pick a verse for each day, read over it when you wake up, on your way to school/college/work, when you’re overwhelmed at lunchtime and right before you go to bed. I carry these cards in the back of my phone case, I find the more I intentionally meditate on the promises of God, the easier it is for me to be get up and move forward.

God is with you. He is for you.

-A

Click the image below to download your Bible Affirmation Cards

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The Bible Project Video: Exodus Pt 1 – The Israelites are rescued from slavery

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