Charles Spurgeon, in speaking of anxiety, suggests a good use for it. Let’s have a look at what he said:
‘I suppose it is true for many of us that our cares are manifold. If you are like me, once you become careful, anxious, fretful, you are never able to count your cares, even though you might count the hairs of your head. Cares multiply to those who are care-full. When you are as full of care as you think you can be, you will be sure to find another crop of cares growing up all around you. The indulgence of this habit of anxiety leads to its getting dominion over life till life is not worth living by reason of the care we have about it. Cares and worries are manifold; therefore let your prayers be manifold. Turn everything that is a care into a prayer. Let your cares be the raw material of your prayers. As the alchemist hoped to turn dross into gold, you have the power to actually turn what naturally would have been a care into a spiritual treasure in the form of prayer. Baptize every anxiety into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and so make it into a blessing.’
‘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 KJV
Or in the Message version of the same verses:
‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.’
And then, more fuel for the fire from the letter to the Philippians:
‘Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realised . Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.’
And perhaps just a little more:
‘God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgement Day–our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear.
Since fear is crippling, a fearful life–fear of death, fear of judgement-is not one yet fully formed in love.’
1 John 4:17-18
‘You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed in you. Because he trusts in you.’
Truth, when we get hold of it, brings significant change as this is how he has chosen for us to be transformed, Spirit empowered hearing, reading, thinking, and understanding bring revelation of who he is and how he loves us.
We don’t need to worry, although we do return to it so very often, we really don’t have to, we have the Holy Spirit and he brings a steadiness to our hearts and minds when we set our hearts on him and not on the things which cause us stress.