Sunday, 8 December 2013

Some Thoughts on Trials and Anxiety...

Hi all!

Just thought I'd share some thoughts on trials and anxiety. They're only my own little ponderings, so be prepared to test everything by scripture dear readers!

You see, I am slowly learning that trials take different shapes in people's lives. That should be obvious, but somehow it is so easy to think that "trials" must be the bigger issues in life...a sudden tragic death, cancer, divorce and so on and to think that if our trials seem somehow lesser than these that God isn't that concerned about it, and so we shouldn't complain, as people have it much worse than us. On the flip side, if you are going through extremely difficult times it is easy to become wrapped up in self-pity and to think that everyone else has it much easier than you, when in reality we all go through trials of varying degrees. True, some people may experience trials on a greater magnitute, and the significance of their pain cannot be ignored, but even in the seemingly smaller trials (e.g. a desired relationship that never comes to fruition, the long absence in seeing a family member, an unexpected hiccup in your plans...even missing a bus!) ALL are important to God, are part of His plan, and as such we should bring them before Him. We shouldn't neglect to pray about them even though they may to us pale in significance when compared to what others may go through. What do you think? Maybe you have yet to face any major life crisis, but you never know what trials await you around the corner, so why not be prepared now, by cultivating a life of prayer for all of life's concerns rather than being anxious. I say this to myself as much as anyone!!!
"Nothing is too big and nothing is too little to spread before the Lord". ~ A.W. Pink
Here is a neat clip on anxiety by A.W. Pink that I thought I'd share:

This really highlights our need for prayer in times of trouble.

He also brings up some interesting suggestions as to how to counteract anxiety in our lives:

1. By begging the Holy Spirit to grant us a deeper conviction as to its enormity.
2. By making it a subject of special and earnest prayer that we may be delivered from it.
3. By watching it's beginning and as soon as we detect it, lifting up our heart to God and asking Him for deliverence from it.
4. By frequently meditating upon God's goodness, power and sufficency.

What do you think? Do you find doing these things help? Certianly I have lately been realising the value of number four for the first time, it is invaluable how much reading good Christian literature about the goodness and soverignty of God can help you!

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