No Worries: The Gospel’s Power Over Anxiety [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — February 06, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
The Gospel is the cure for worry!
Today’s text: “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14–16, ESV)
Worry is rooted in a futile, painful, hypothetical question:
What if people don’t accept me?
What if I can’t get my finances in order?
What if the medical report is bad?
It’s a diabolical question because it’s designed to focus you upon a negative experience that hasn’t happened (and probably won’t happen). Worry is especially agonizing because there is no grace for hypothetical situations.
God’s mercy is new every morning. Whatever future challenge you might face, God’s grace will meet you right in the midst of it. His compassions fail not. He’ll help you in your time of need. But how can God transform a situation that is only imaginary?
Worry’s “what if” always has a negative answer.
The Gospel’s solution is a different kind of “what if.”
What if God I’m accepted in the Beloved?
What if God is a constant Provider?
What if God is a Healer?
Next time worry’s “what if” questions darken your thoughts, think of the assurances of the Gospel and frame the question in light of the Good News. Worry needn’t be a way of life. And that’s the Gospel!