There’s an arrogance in our anxiety. When we allow ourselves to be intimidated by other people, we are assigning too much power to humans and underestimating or ignoring the power of God. This is a common theme in Isaiah, and it permeates chapter 51, which Jacob quotes in 2 Nephi 8:
Hearken unto me,
ye that know righteousness,
the people in whose heart I have written my law,
fear ye not the reproach of men,
neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
For the moth shall eat them up like a garment,
and the worm shall eat them like wool.
But my righteousness shall be forever,
and my salvation from generation to generation.
(2 Nephi 8:7-8)
Yesterday, I had an unsettling experience at work. It was hard to regain my footing afterward, and I suspect I was not my best self for the rest of the day. In retrospect, I would have been less impacted by the experience if my faith were more securely grounded in the Savior.
I am he;
yea, I am he that comforteth you.
Behold, who art thou,
that thou shouldst be afraid of man, who shall die,
and of the son of man, who shall be made like unto grass?
And forgettest the Lord thy maker,
that hath stretched forth the heavens,
and laid the foundations of the earth,
(2 Nephi 8:12-13)
At the end of the day, I received a phone call with some hopeful news which more than offset the troubling experience from earlier in the day. I believe that the timing of that phone call was not coincidental. I think the Lord literally came to my rescue and sent help in time of need. But I’m troubled by the level of anxiety I felt throughout the day, and I’m motivated to strengthen my faith in God and replace my anxiety with trust.
Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem…
The Lord and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people;
behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling,
the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again…
put on thy strength, O Zion;
put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city;
(2 Nephi 9:17, 22, 24)
Today, I will overcome anxiety by humbling myself and by anchoring my faith in God. I will remember that God is the Creator of the Universe and that He is willing and able to help me weather any storm I might face.