Understanding God’s Love and Power Eases Anxiety

My pastor is currently preaching and teaching from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, so that’s what I’ve been reading lately. I’ve been struck by this passage right at the beginning where Paul writes:

I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called – his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him.  (Ephesians 1:15-19 NLT)

That’s just what I need – a fuller knowledge of God and an understanding of his love and his greatness.

Like many of us, I tend to worry about a lot of stuff – my children, work issues, the economy, politics, and more. Our media-saturated culture tends to reinforce this with many fear-inducing stories to keep us tuned in. Consequently, it’s easy to live in a perpetual state of low-grade (or high) anxiety, and that anxiety can fuel a lot of unhealthy behaviors. Stress eating would probably be one for me. Others might turn to alcohol, drugs or sedation with TV.

But really, what do I have to worry about? God loves me and God has all power! He can do anything! I know how much I love my children; I would give all I have to help them. And God is a much better and greater father than I. If I could just get that through my head, I could relax and let the worries go. But I just can’t do it by myself. God will have to help me.

So I’ve started praying a version of Paul’s prayer for myself: God help me to know you better and grant me an understanding of your great love for me and your unlimited power. Help me to relax in that understanding and to trust that you’ve got all of my issues under control.

I hope for you to be granted the same.

Comments

  1. You bring up some great points, Pete. Like you, I hope to totally resign myself to God’s Adorable Will while simultaneously doing all I can to cooperate with the graces his showers on me and my family. It’s a life long process, I am afraid, but it is consoling to know that there are others who feel likewise.

  2. Peter Weiss says:

    Thanks Bill. God can work as fast or slow as he wants. 🙂

    • Indeed He can. And when it’s fast it usually refers to some evil: “And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him: That which thou dost, do quickly.” John 13:27

  3. Jeff Smith says:

    Peter, thanks for putting this together. Reading your comments I was reminded of the conversation that we had a few days go and the hope that we have as He changes us from the inside out. For too long I have tried to make those changes, work harder, do better, but have failed so many times I have almost given up. Remembering that all of the Bible is about His amazing grace and His love for us, is my only hope. I have to get my eyes off those things that distract me and be reminded daily( through prayer, His word, Christian fellowship) that I do matter to Him and He always wants what is best for me. Thanks for being the encourager that you are.

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Thank you Jeff. Your points are worthy of an entire blog post, which I’ll get to eventually. 🙂

  4. Pete, (great name by the way)
    We definitely need more men helping men put together the issues of faith and physical health. My philosophy is: exercise, eat right, die any way, but we’ll be more productive in the meantime for the King! We need to keep more of our brothers in the game.

    Thanks again for this blog,

    Strength and Courage,
    Pete Alwinson