This devotional will discuss anxiety, which is a part of fear. Here is the definition according to Webster’s New World Dictionary:
Anxiety–Worry or uneasiness about what may happen.
After the heavenly messenger delivers his first instructions, Gideon responds with questions. He says, “If the Lord is really with us, why has all this evil happened?” He goes on to make a point concerning himself. If God wants a deliverer, he is not the one for this job. He considers himself least of all his tribe. He belongs to the weakest of his clan, and he is in the smallest tribe of Manasseh. He wants to know how can he “save Israel”.
The reason behind this reaction can be found in the facts concerning the Midianites–Israel’s enemy. Gideon knows they have a new weapon, which enables them to make “swift, long-range” attacks. Their attacks would cause the Israelites to be virtually powerless. What is the weapon–the camel!
Without food or water and with heavy loads, camels could cover 300 miles in 3 or 4 days. When harvest time came, the Midianites could quickly cover the land “like swarms of locusts.” The Midianite troops and camels were innumerable. These swarms of people strip the land of the Israelites. They leave the land bare, and return when there is a new harvest.
In order to deal with this, Israel has men threshing meager amounts of grain in a winepress. They were hiding food, and they lived in caves and dens. This makes Gideon fearfully anxious. He is completely persuaded that
“The Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian” Judges 6:13. Gideon constant fear has anxiety as a close relative.
- Anxiety in the psychological/psychiatric world is the “umbrella” word, which covers varying degrees of worry and fear. It ranges from mild to extreme.
- Anxiety is an uneasiness or distress over a threat or something unknown and is characterized by extreme worry or brooding fear.
- Anxiety stems from uncertainty–hoping something will happen, but having no guarantee that it will…or fearing something will happen, but having no control over whether it will or not.
- Anxiety can lead to “catastrophic thinking” overestimating the likelihood of danger or a negative outcome.
- Anxiety becomes a “disorder” when it becomes so intense that it dominates a person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. This prevents a person from living a normal life.
Anxiety presents itself in the following disorders:
-Anxiety due to a medical condition
-Post-traumatic stress disorder
-Acute stress disorder
-Generalized anxiety disorder