In my previous post, I gave you just a few reasons why you should not look to Max Lucado for answers in dealing with anxiety. This post will give you a few reasons why you should read John MacArthur’s book Anxious For Nothing: God’s Cure For The Cares Of Your Soul.
A Contrast of Theory About The Bible and What it Says About Anxiety
In Max Lucado’s book Anxious For Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World, he makes the claim that “anxiety is not a sin; it is an emotion.” However, MacArthur states, “Worry at any time is a sin because it violates the clear biblical command.” (p. 10) He further clarifies this statement in the first chapter.
“Jesus commands us not to do it, thus making it clear that worry is a sin. . . Anxiety is blatant distrust of the power and love of God.” (p. 18)
Not only does MacArthur argue that anxiety is a sin, but he also explains why it is not a trivial sin.
“Worry is devastating. But more important than what worry does to you is what it does to God. When you worry, you are saying in effect, ‘God, I just don’t think I can trust You.’ Worry strikes a blow at the person and character of God.” (p. 38)
An Explanation of Faith
The word of faith movement has made many believe that they can change their circumstances by just speaking it in God’s name, otherwise known as “name it, claim it”, but that isn’t the biblical definition of faith at all. MacArthur gives a wonderful explanation of biblical faith in chapter 2.
“Faith isn’t psychological self-hypnosis or wishful thinking, but a reasoned response to revealed truth. When we in faith embrace Christ as our Lord and Savior, our minds are transformed. The Holy Spirit is at work in us, renewing us; and we receive a new mind or way of thinking. Divine and supernatural thoughts inject our human thought patterns.” (p. 45)
Why We Need Humility
MacArthur starts chapter 3 talking about the worrying Peter, because “Peter had ongoing trouble with anxiety.” (p. 51) The topic of this chapter is humility because “only from humility comes the ability to truly hand over all our cares to God.” (p. 52) He also explores the topic of pride. Opposite of humility, pride prevents us experiencing the grace God offers when you “cast your anxieties on Him.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“I mourn to see people stumbling around trying to fix their lives, to find some kind of solution, some kind of book or therapy that will solve their problems, but who find no deliverance. Instead of experiencing the grace of God, they experience the correcting hand of God because they are proud.” (p. 56)
In all, this book has nine chapters of biblical teaching that points to the main source of our anxiety alleviation, the Bible. When questions are presented, an answer from the Word of God is given. Just as the title points out, we need to look at God’s cure, rather than ideas made by man.