A friend shared this free new video series on anxiety with us, and we have been absolutely thrilled with the experience! It’s like having two wise and warm counselors right in our living room. The concepts they deliver in these 8-min videos are an excellent application of psychology research and practical life weighed against the timeless insight of God’s Word.
One of the most powerful moments for me was found in their concept of “the Gap” in episode 5. The fact is that God gives us a certain set of resources and abilities to address the threats and opportunities in our lives, but most of life still falls outside our control (James 4:13-15). When we throw ourselves at this gap, we get frustrated and scared. We fall into the idolatry of trying to do life apart from God’s sovereignty (adopting either a God complex or a victim mentality). The counselors point out that the reality is that we’re not in control of either circle (Luke 12:25-31).
God doesn’t want us to live in constant fear and depression, so He gives us the gift of trust. Jesus said that He his gift of peace is not of this world (John 14:27). As Christians, we can relax in the knowledge that God loves us, is wise, and is in complete control of both our resources and the outside circumstances and results (Phil 4:6-7).
To see Bill Bright, founder of Cru, speak on the faithfulness of God, click on the teaching video at DiscoverGod.com/character/faithful.