Does the News Make You Anxious?

I enjoy watching news commentaries for the most part. Over the last few years, I have heard theory after theory about where the United States and the rest of the world are headed. Just when I thought I had heard them all, I heard one more this weekend from a friend.

How do you feel about all the theories? What should you do?

If it makes you anxious, it would be easy for someone to say for you to turn it off and never watch it again, but I do not think that is necessarily a viable solution. If you are a business owner, you may be making decisions based on what the predictions are for the economy, interest rates, and the passage of laws that affect your business. If you are employed, those same things could affect you. Either way, you probably need to catch some news.

The real issue is how you handle all the doom and gloom. What do you do to prepare for the worse things that are being predicted? What if you are wrong in your choices?

I cannot give you any answers concerning the specifics. I am not sure anyone really knows all the ramifications of what could happen in a worse case scenario. Short term, decisions to carpool or combine your trips out could be effective. You know that when gas goes up, so does everything else – including groceries. Plan accordingly. Use those coupons.

Ultimately, you can only do so much planning. That alone is enough to make one anxious. What then is the solution to the anxiety?

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Remember, no matter what you go through – good times and bad – the Lord’s grace is sufficient. Nothing goes unnoticed by God. He will provide for you – even whatever grace you need. We just need to keep our eyes on Him.

Keep praying for revival. Christians in America need to repent. I could be wrong, but I personally do not believe things will get better for America until that happens.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14

LIFE APPLICATION

Today’s challenge is to get your relationship right with God. Ask Him to reveal to you anything that you need to change. Then, keep your relationship current. Do continue praying for revival. When you are anxious because of the things going on around you, keep your eyes on Jesus! Look to Him for the solution.

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