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The Answer to Anxiety

When you think you’re all alone, you’re not,
And it’s then you know He’s all you’ve got.
So don’t live life at breakneck speed.
Realize God is all you need.

Just a few lines of rhyme for you there. I am convinced that our biggest problem is not realizing what we have in God. We hear a lot about “who we are in Him,” but I think we should focus more on “Who He is in us.”

Let’s review the nature of God. This always helps me when I’m struggling with something. First of all, God is omnipresent. In other words, God is everywhere, all the time.

God’s Omnipresence (He’s Everywhere)

Many Bible verses address God’s omnipresence. Proverbs 15:3: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Another one (Jeremiah 23:24) says, “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.” And remember what Jesus said. “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

God’s Omnipotence (He Can Do Anything)

Verses declaring God’s omnipotence include Luke 1:37: “Nothing will be impossible with God.” That“All things are possible with God” is referenced in Mark 10:27, Mark 14:36, and Matthew 19:26. You will notice that in Mark 14:36 Jesus is talking to His Father before going to the cross. It is also where He says, “Nevertheless, not what I will but what You will.”

Perhaps we’d prefer not to be reminded of the fact that this is where the rubber meets the road. It’s that thing called “trust.” In Jeremiah 32:27, God says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” And we see in Romans 8:28 that God “makes all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

We can conclude from these and other passages that God can do anything. Still He does what He wants. We can either be good with that or we can rebel. The choice is ours. Yes, that hurts sometimes, but that’s when we have to embrace the big picture of Who God is towards us. He is everywhere, He can do anything, and He knows everything.

God’s Omniscience (He Knows Everything)

Finally, God is all-knowing. He knows everything. “So,” we might think, “Why doesn’t He give me answers to the questions I have for Him when I ask them? Or, “Why doesn’t He do anything about this or that if He knows about it?” And so forth. These are all understandable concerns and God is OK with us asking. He simply is not under any obligation to give us what we want when we want it.

The Best Part

This is really the best part. He’s everywhere, He can do anything, and He knows everything. That means He knows everything about me, good and bad, from before I was even born, the Bible says.

So since He’s everywhere, can do anything and knows everything about me and I have been forgiven for all my sins, that means that (I think) He must love me. I know a lot of us struggle with this. We think because life is hard then God must not love us. Because we equate love with warm, fuzzy feelings, etc. Well, praise God for the warm, fuzzy feelings. There are plenty of those.

But beyond warm, fuzzy feelings is the cold, hard reality of life. It doesn’t get any easier, does it? But the good part is that for as long as we are here in this dark place called Planet Earth in 2014 A.D. He is with us and He is our provider, our Father, the lover of our souls. He is for us and not against us. Nothing can separate us from His love. This is good news. Now let’s be about our Father’s business because there are lots of folks that don’t know this.