Once Jesus rose from the dead, I think the disciples maybe had less anxiety for a few reasons. And maybe we could pick up a few pointers that could be helpful, since anxiety could be a challenge for a few of us.
Jesus raising from the dead changed the game because death didn’t get the final say – and nothing is impossible in our lives!
Jesus is in the future – this helps me to relax knowing that Jesus is timeless
Jesus is about the individual & not only the masses – the Prince of Peace was intentional to seek out individual encounters to resolve questions, doubts & reconciliation.
When things seem uncertain or murky, this can be very disturbing. And if you’re like me, when I get unsettled, I can start to flounder and I find myself trying to find stability, certainty and comfort. My focus can get really jumpy and I struggle to be settled in my soul.
So it helps me to remember to keep my focus on Jesus. Indeed, there’s a great song by Darlene Zschech called, Jesus At the Center and listening to this helps me to keep Jesus as my central focus. We don’t have to know all the answers, be all-sufficient, have a perfect plan or fix everything. Jesus rightfully owns that space, so that we can keep our focus & worship centered on Him!
I like what Jehoshaphat says in 2Chron 20:12, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You!”
Let’s stay focused on Jesus instead of any worry, anxiety or uncertainty!
I had some experiences today that had the potential to make me nervous, jittery & anxious – all for good reasons that don’t need the details here. But I think that we all struggle with being anxious, nervous & jittery for various reasons. Hopefully, this might provide some helpful ideas:
It always helps me when I’m anxious or jittery to take a minute & fix my thoughts on Jesus – gives me some good perspective
When I’m nervous, I want to be mindful that I’m not snappy with people because, then I feel bad in addition to feeling nervous
If I have some long-term nervousness going on, sometimes I’ll stop & make a list of the good things that God has done (inventory God’s faithfulness); this helps me to adjust my trust off of the anxiety & onto Jesus
asking a friend to pray can also be very helpful
God also reminded me one time that He has more answers than I have questions & that He has more solutions than I have problems – that was super helpful!!
Ps 55:22 says to cast our cares on the Lord because He cares for us.