Did you know that anxiety can come from
simply having the wrong expectations? Well, if that’s true, then what are the
right expectations? Here’s a simple answer: God’s expectations. Okay, then what are God’s expectations? Here’s another simple answer: perfection. So how do you
arrive at perfection? You can’t. The good news is that Jesus
Christ offered you His own perfection on the cross. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore,
having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ.” So how does that help us deal with anxiety? Once you have peace with God, you get to have peace about everything else.
Why? Because of promises like the one found in Isaiah 51:12, where God says, “I,
even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies
and of the son of man who is made like grass?” Why is peace with God so great?
Because no matter what is causing your anxiety, when you have peace with God, He is your comforter. He is your solution. You need money? He’s your provider. You need energy? He’s your strength. You need healing? He is
your healer. You’re looking for direction? He is your counselor. Then how do we
receive these things from God? When we have peace with God, the Holy Spirit is
able to dwell in us and He transforms our hearts. He gives us hearts that are
seeking after God and His ways. And when we follow the ways of the Lord, we’re
going to have the perspective of the Lord as well. I want you to think about
something for a second. What if the disciples started writing the accounts of
Jesus being on earth before Jesus was resurrected…What if they sat down the day after Jesus’s death and started writing the
Gospels? It would have been a depressing story! The story would have been told
from man’s limited perspective. They were scared and they were disappointed. They
thought that God had made a mistake—that maybe God didn’t see it coming.
But God had the better perspective and the bigger picture in mind: life and
redemption. Some of us are trying to write the story of our lives, but we
haven’t gotten ahold of God’s point of view yet. We’re not looking at things
from His perspective. We’ve yet to understand His plan, His sovereignty, and
His power. God has a bigger picture in mind for your life. If you’re dealing
with anxiety that’s based on your perspective, you can start to look at
things from His perspective today. How do we learn to see things from the point of
view of other people in our lives? It’s easy. We spend time with them and we get to know them more. The same way, we learn to view life from God’s perspective by
spending time with God. We get it straight from Jesus, and that is why it’s
so critical for us as believers to spend time with Him. We have peace with God
when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but we experience the peace of
God in our lives and situations when we abide in Him, walking in His presence.
John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world
gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.