Anxiety manifests itself differently in each of us; but if you’re like me—you find it’s a constant battle to keep it at bay. The crazy thing is that God is NEVER anxious, and when I’m close to Him, then no matter how many trials are going on in my life—I’m NOT anxious! Anxiety is sneaky, but I can always tell when I allow anxiety to creep in because—my jaw begins to ache.

What?

We all have different ways of “wearing” our anxiety—jaw clenching is mine. When I get anxious, I find myself become tense as I begin to solve my problems without God, and soon—my jaw begins to ache. If I don’t immediately turn in the peace stalker to God, my anxiety grows, paralyzes me, and steals my joy and blessings. 

Solomon, the wisest, and arguably one of the richest men to ever live—described his personal anxiety like this;

“I HATED all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity. Therefore I turned my heart and DESPAIRED of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun. For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun? For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.” (‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭2:18-23‬)

Anxiety robs us of so much—even the ability to understand that our life has eternal meaning! If Solomon, the guy who lived an enviable life by the world’s standards—struggled so much that he felt his life burdensome and he couldn’t sleep at night—who among us can hope for an anxiety-free life?

But—Solomon also KNEW the truth:

“…without [God], who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness...” (Ecclesiastes 2:22)

God’s presence is the answer to our anxiety! When my anxiety gets ahold of me, and I feel like a squirrel chasing my lost nuts, my aching jaw reminds me to take a step back and ask God to

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