Okay, so as I was riding on the motorcycle, I heard something. If anxiety is unbelief, then what is it that I am actively believing in? Humans by nature will believe in something, even if that something is false. I am a believer. It is just how we were made.
So, if anxiety is unbelief in God’s ability to live my life, what do I believe in? Hardship! Anxiety is faith in difficulty and struggle. It says that life will always be hard or impossible. It’s a false faith. And as I have shown, we will even create situations to prove our case. We will manufacture calamity in our life circumstances to support our anxiety. It’s like a “virgin into the volcano” act of worship.
If I believe in trouble, hardship, and difficulty, I will bring it about. I will not be wrong. It’s crazy, right? Why would I purposely sabotage the course of my life? To support my god.
It is like an Eeyore spirit, but not as cute: ever the pessimist about all of life. Not only is it my view, but also it becomes my reality. Actually, the frightening thing with this is, even if there isn’t true calamity, faith makes us blind to reality. We will believe in the difficulty, there or not. This is the power of faith!
Now, I’m not shoving ice picks in my tires or lighting my unfiled taxes on fire. No, it’s less obvious than that. It’s like my example of the woman who thinks it’s a good idea to remodel her house in the middle of planning for her daughter’s wedding. It’s putting undue pressure on yourself. It is subtle choices that bring about deliberate chaos.
God will so perfectly lay out our tasks in the Spirit. It’s like a road map with landmarks, asking you to invite Him in to perform your life. Christ’s course is His will and choice. But when we take control and pop a wheelie, God help us! Listening to the whispers of the flesh will make for dire deals.
For it is God who works in you,
both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Life is an invitation for God’s participation. We have the unique ability to choose for ourselves whether or not He is given permission to function. It is all set up for us to yield to His life.
So, the false faith of anxiety feeds on tension, while Christ’s life is about rest. It’s not just an option; it is how to live. When you lay these two side by side, it all comes down to one fact: anxiety is rebellion. Either Christ lives my life and I enter His rest, or I give the reins to anxiety and live in torment.
Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands,
let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.