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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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57 Comments

  1. Laila Rayess says:

    I’d like to give encouragement for those of you that are battling anxiety and depression. Shortly after turning 15, I had my first panic attack while home alone. These attacks became a daily occurrence and I started over-eating due to my fears. Each morning I woke up anxious and it would be a struggle to catch my breath. I gained weight at a rapid pace, was bullied, and lost my friends. I was depressed to the point of not leaving my house, I wanted to die. I started reading from a Bible Promise book and cried out to God that I needed him to help me because I could not do it alone. By the time I turned 18, my anxiety was gone & I returned to a healthy size- without meds. It is a miracle. God will get you through this, hold on to Him.

  2. Craig Blanton says:

    God bless you all. I’m 25 years old. I have dealt with major anxiety for 2 years. I want you all to know something. As much as you want to believe your thoughts do not control you and you cannot control the future, just be still and know that God is with you. I used to wake up and wish I hadn’t because the anxiety and worry was so bad. But there are evil spirits that seek to destroy us but they can’t. If they could they already would have. Just take a deep breath and know and believe everything is fine. Jesus has His hand on you right now. He comforts you. We are at war with dark forces but always know you are not alone you have the most powerful person in the world within you. Just relax and be still and know He is God. I love you all.

  3. Uche says:

    Anxiety and worry is trying to take over but I trust that God will not let me down

  4. Natalie says:

    I am 23 years old and almost a week ago I experienced the most severe panic attack that lasted hours and still has not completely gone away. I have not been able to go to work because my mind is crippled with anxiety and worry and not for any specific reason. I went to church and they prayed for me. I asked God to take my anxieties and worries and I felt much better but a few hours later it starts to come back. It has gotten better but not completely gone away. I just want it to end. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. Please pray for me.

    1. Theresa says:

      It’s so frightening- I know! Keep in the word and push through the anxiety as much as you can. Praying for you right now.

  5. Gary says:

    I pray for you. God loves you and your persistence.

  6. Paul says:

    I feel now I can not go on with this burden of life , i have had very rough times before
    that seemed impossible to get out of …and i did …I am experiencing another tough time
    and have thought about suicide but that is not an option….
    my life has been good and bad ,ups and down …now i am older have five children a beautiful wife … I know I have been blessed … please God help me again,carry me when it seems I can’t , and please show me the way to happiness and strength…I need you more than ever…for now this anxiety /depression is wrecking my life and family’s

    1. Caitlin says:

      Please don’t give up.

    2. Diana says:

      Paul, I am praying for you. I can feel your pain because I live it every day. You are a wonderful person and you will find true happiness one day. God bless you and your family.

  7. Kathy Cochrane says:

    Thank you for these words. I’m am overachiever and worry about tomorrow. I have done this my whole life and I need to get out of this habit.

  8. Fred Bessette says:

    I am blessed by reading these

  9. Janis says:

    Please pray I I’m going to go to detox Springs it medication February 15th. I’m not completely sure this is the right thing but I’m going to give it a try. I’ve been in the word for 2 years so I’ll continue to renew my mind it God’s love and Jesus Christ love for me please pray for me I will be in there 10 to 21 days and then to a treatment center for 43 days thank you God bless you

    1. Marie. says:

      I am praying for you Janis. You can do it! Philippians 4:13. Keep your focus on the power of God. He loves you and wants you strong physically mentally and spiritually. I as a disciple of Crist am here for you in prayer. Surrender your life to Jesus. We are loved more than we can ever comprehend. Hang in there. Love in Christ