Is it possible to live without anxieties in this world? Is it possible to never worry about anything that might frighten us from the outside or from the inside of our hearts? And if so – HOW???
Regarding the married vs. single issue, the apostle Paul expressed his wish for the Corinthians to live in such a freed condition by saying,
“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. ” (1 Cor 7:32-34 ESV)
Aha!! It seems there is a detrimental sort of anxiety which is directly related to this-worldly things and springs from a divided mind [divided between two realms – the seen and the unseen, that is] and a sound kind of anxiety that is characterized by a single-minded focus on Christ alone, which is merely searching for ways to please Him.
Looking a bit closer to our anxieties, we see that children often cannot yet clearly label their fears, yet what is common to all of them is that they fear the darkness of the night. They need some nightlight that chases the darkness away so that they feel securer and can eventually sleep all the better than if they were forced to sleep in a completely dark room.
Actually, it is the same for us as spiritual beings. The darkness inside us and outside us causes our anxieties. These things we do not know nor understand, those things that went wrong in our lives which could happen again and again, and the insecurity of future wedded to our own helplessness as to what we call fate – all of it put together can turn our whole life into hell on earth.
Some years ago a Christian friend told me frankly that she felt very blessed in her life, more than ever before as to her family and worldly riches, so that she would be grateful to God, though…..were there not that nagging fear of losing it all at once. I thought about it for a while and could not help but agree. However, I began to ask myself and later God how to solve that problem which is common to all people.
Shortly afterwards, as I was in great distress, I was reading Proverbs beginning with Chapter 1. I read it verse by verse until the last of them really hit home. OUCH and YEAH! There was the solution.
“For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” (Prv 1:32-33 ESV) – [Emphasis added]
(1) Dwelling secure
(2) Being at ease and
(3) No dread of disaster, too
WOW!!! What a heavenly condition that must be! 🙄
In these Scriptures we can hear the voice of wisdom to who we should listen. What? Is Wisdom a person?? Yes, indeed, there is only ONE who became “Wisdom incarnated” for us and our wonderful God wants us to
“[…] reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:2-3 ESV)
Full assurance knows no doubt. And where there are no doubts, there is no anxiety. That means, if we only fear what is dark and unknown to us, then such a condition must be a completely enlightened state without any darkness. Jesus said,
“The light of the body is the eye: therefore when your eye is single, your whole body also is full of light; but when your eye is evil, your body also is full of darkness.” (Lk 11:34 AKJV)
This verse speaks of our spiritual eye, i.e. the eyes of the heart, which in its natural (read original) state is solely focused on God as we can read about in Genesis 1 before the Fall of Man. As soon as man turned away from God, spiritual blindness made him stumble through the darkness of his own mind, not knowing where he came from, nor where to go to. But our sweet Lord promised,
“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Light of the world. Whoever follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall find the light of life.” (Jn 8:12 Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
Finally, focused on Jesus Christ and living IN Him, all anxieties come to an end…