When Anxiety Comes Knocking at Your Door

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“Be still and know that I Am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10

I never realized the significance of this verse until a few days ago, when I was reading it.

I've been dealing with bad anxiety for a year and a half. It's gotten better, but sometimes I just get so anxious, like “frozen in my tracks, panic attack-mode” anxious. I hate it and I wish it could go away; and it sucks to say that the reason I deal with it is because I just don't trust God enough.

But God didn’t condemn me; He only reassured me with this verse. A lot of times I would read this verse in the past, I would read the "be still and know that I am God" part, then just brush over the second part of the verse. But God showed me the other day just how important this second part was.

"I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth."

The first part of the verse - “be still” - is a command; the second part of the verse is the reasoning behind that command. God tells us to be still and know, because He is God. He's above everything and He can do anything. It made me question what I’m so afraid of. Like, this is God we're talking about. He's capable of ANYTHING. So what's with the anxiety, Itunu???

Maybe you're asking yourself this same question. Why is anxiety taking this hold on me when God is in control? Maybe I don't fully understand, because maybe if I did I wouldn't deal with the incapacitating fear I get sometimes when I don't know what the future holds.

I love The Message version of this second part of the verse. It says: "Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything."

God is calling us to step out of the traffic. Stop trying to make everything happen and start leaning on God and allowing Him to do what only He can do.

Itunu // @itunu_aro