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By   •   February 8, 2011   •   Topics: ,

Q:

The doctor has put me on medicine for my anxiety, but I'm not sure it does much good. My wife tells me to read the Bible and pray, and I do sometimes, but I can't see that it really helps, either. What am I missing? Am I wrong to take this drug?


A:

The most important truth I can tell you is that God knows all about your situation, and He loves you and wants to help you overcome it. And this can happen, as you learn to thrust your worries into His hands.

This doesn’t mean it’s necessarily wrong for you to be on medicine for your anxiety; it may be one of the ways God uses to help you. Our minds and our bodies are enormously complicated; sometimes things don’t work the way they should, and medicine may be necessary.

But the most important discovery you can make is that God loves you just as you are, and therefore you can commit every fear and every worry into His hands. If He didn’t love you, you’d have no reason to do this — but He does love you, and therefore you can. If He loved you enough to send His only Son into the world to die for you, won’t He continue loving you, both now and forever?

Begin by turning to Jesus Christ and asking Him to come into your life. Then ask Him every morning to remind you of His love during the day — and when anxieties threaten to overwhelm you, thank Him once again for His presence with you. In addition, let the Bible’s promises fill your mind and heart. The Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

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18 Comments

  1. Pat says:

    Thank you. This answer helped. I already get your emails and finally read this one so I could clear it off my inbox. Glad I did.

  2. Johanna says:

    Thank you God for all u have done for me amen

  3. maulen nyirenda says:

    Thanks for the word of hope, really learned about Christ.

  4. Mary Dillon shuert says:

    I loved this message! My grandson is really struggling with anxiety and joblessness he does need some medications for anxiety.. Your wise, loving counsel to continue to take medication Drs. Have prescribed. How can I be supportive and encourage him. He is a new Christian and is reading his bible but does not have a good social support group.

  5. Monty Hughes says:

    For years I depended on medication to control my anxiety, but through therapy from a doctor I came to realize all I needed was Jesus Christ to comfort me. I am now off medication and no longer have any therapy from a doctor. I still have small bouts of anxiety, but I have learned to pray and God calms me down.

  6. Doug says:

    I am on medicine for anxiety and I let it get to me too much and by doing that I show a lack of faith in God but I am so thankful for that God loves me any way and will forgive me and give me the peace I need, not to be careful for nothing. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

  7. Eric Diaz says:

    This is good information. I tend to also get anxious and overwhelmed with things in life. I sometimes wonder if that’s just the way I’ll be for the rest of my life.

  8. Gail Brown says:

    I am so thankful for God’s word, and to know how much he cares for me.