As I have visited with many people over the years struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, etc., I have found there is a big lie underlying the stress that is common for almost all people. It is the lie that
“Because of this problem (which may or may not already exist in your life) you are not going to be OK.”
Or it could be someone you care about that you fear for. It could be,
“Because of this problem, your children are not going to be OK.”
Because of the uncertainty of our circumstances, because of bad things happening, somehow we fear we aren’t going to be OK, somehow we aren’t going to make it. We may not be aware of that underlying fear, but it is at the root of almost all stress, anxiety, depression, and similar feelings. This of course is Satan’s lie. He wants us to live in doubt and fear.
God’s truth that counters this lie is:
“Even though bad things have happened, are happening, and will happen, you and those you care about are going to be OK. All of this is meant to be for you good, there is nothing to fear. You are having the perfect experiences for your learning, growth, and progression. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is sufficient for all your challenges.”
When we have faith in God’s promises, his truth for our lives, we can be at peace. That doesn’t mean all that bad things will stop happening, it just means it will all be for our good and there is nothing to fear. Give the burden of your fears to Christ, and it will be alright in the end!
What I have come to realize for me is that when I am feeling fear, anxiety, stress, discouraged, self-doubt, worried, overwhelmed, hopeless, depressed, self-pity, or similar emotions, at that moment I am believing Satan’s lie more than God’s truth. At that moment I am trusting Satan more than Christ. Even though there is uncertainty and painful experiences, as we trust Jesus Christ more than Satan, there is peace of mind and calm confidence. It’s OK, none of the problems in my life are a surprise to God, he isn’t stressed about it. He views me like a loving parent views a toddler struggling to walk. The loving parent patiently encourages the child as it falls over and over again, he knows the child is eventually going to get it. So it is with our challenges, as we continue to trust Christ, it will be alright in the end, even if it really hurts now. As you trust Christ you can access the bridge that takes you from fear to hope!