I don’t know about you, but my anxiety likes to come and go at will. Sometimes I’ll be sitting there minding my own business, when my tics begin to go nuts. It doesn’t take long for me to realize that I’m about to have an anxiety attack. Then I have to sit there and try to figure out what’s raising my anxiety levels while I try to manage the attack.
I’ve been told before that I don’t have to have my anxiety attacks, that if I just asked God, He would take them away. This can be hurtful to hear at first. It places the blame for my anxiety (which I’m often unaware of before it strikes) on me; it says that if I were only more faithful, I wouldn’t have these neurochemical imbalances. If only I would tell God I need Him, they insist, then He would relieve me. If only I believed in God’s power, I wouldn’t struggle. But it must be my fault…because I haven’t told Him, apparently. Or I have no faith.
The danger in this message is that this implies that if I’m truly faithful, I’ll never have problems with anxiety…or any other struggles for that
The truth, however, is that I don’t just need God during my anxiety attacks. God isn’t a pill that I can take “as needed.” The truth is that I need God all the time. We all do, those of us with and without anxiety struggles. What I tell people is that my anxiety attacks serve as reminders that I need God. Without them, it’s easy to go on my merry way and think that I’m reliant upon myself. If it weren’t so, Paul wouldn’t have admonished the church of Thessalonica,
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
If I didn’t need God all the time, why would I need to pray without ceasing? This is a privilege, rather than a burden to stay in constant contact with my Father in Heaven.
I chose the song this week because it’s one that’s brought great relief to me over and over again. It reminds me that it’s okay to need God. I shouldn’t feel shame when crying out to Him for comfort. He won’t be angry with me for feeling anxiety, but rather holds His arms open to me…always.
I Need Thee Every Hour
1. I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.Chorus: I need Thee, O I need Thee;
O I need Thee every hour;
I need you Lord, O bless me now,
My Savior, I come to Thee.
2. I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain
I need Thee every hour, teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill(Repeat Chorus)
3. I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son(Repeat Chorus)
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I need Thee every hour,
I need Thee every hour,
I need Thee every hour.
©1998 Kevin Twit Music (ASCAP. Used By Permission All Rights Reserved
There is no shame in being frightened and feeling angst. It forces us to run to God, but we should be running to God anyways. We were created to need God, not just when we’re having anxiety, but always. God doesn’t look down on us for struggling with anxiety. Instead, He spreads open His arms, a waiting Father who has it all under control. He knows when we tremble, and He knows when we sing for joy, and He’s there for it all.
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