The Anxious Fruit Tree

How do we deal with anxiety as believers? 

We’re told in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” But what happens when we can’t see what God is doing, where He’s leading?

The Bible talks a lot about anxiety and how we’re not to worry about what we can’t control. And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26

The only reason we’re anxious is because we’re trusting in ourselves. We need to even-keeled and to trust in Him and His timing knowing that He steadily has a plan. Whether God is blessing us or we’re going through trials, the only reason we see these valleys and mountains tops is because of us. But my valleys turn into my mountain tops because God is shaping my heart to accept what He is doing and see it as a mountain top as opposed to seeing it as a valley.

I put myself in the valley because I’m not trusting God. Yet in reality, because of my salvation I should always be on the mountain top.

However, when you see people who are excited for the LORD and always on the mountain top, that’s awesome, that’s not a bad thing but it’s not going to last. If you’re trying to ride this adrenaline wave of God all the time, that is destined for failure and you’re going to get depressed. What is that based on? There will be suffering but the only way you’re going to see it as less than joyous, less than a mountain top, is because your heart is not prepared or you’re not trusting in the LORD and what He’s doing.

Every time I go through a valley God is proofing me. He’s preparing me. He’s trusting me with this ridiculously burdensome thing in my life and He’s walking me through it and He’s making me better for the Kingdom, better to preach the Gospel. He’s giving me more things to praise Him for delivering me through.

Whenever I was going through a rough and stressful time of trying to find work, wondering where my niche is, getting distraught and breaking down trying to control my future, I should have been like, “I’m gonna sow and whatever God reaps, God reaps. I’m just gonna trust what He’s doing.”

Jeremiah shares his wisdom in 17:7-8:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Being a man or woman of God is tough, especially when we can’t see what He’s doing. If we’re wanting to stand the test of time as believers and remain faithful to Him we need to put down some roots. Roots that matter. Roots that bear fruit.

Let us not grow anxious in the year of drought but rejoice for we are planted by the only stream that gives living water. Let us not be anxious nor cease to bear fruit.