Yesterday on Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed blog, was for me, a most interesting post on faith and anxiety. Seems in a Kirkegaardian, and really a Scriptural in Jesus way, that there is a good anxiety, along with the bad.
Of course we can say, anxiety is anxiety, and we're told in Scripture to be anxious for nothing, but rather to pray. However, I think there's an inevitable anxiety at work in our walk of faith in this life. It's an anxiety which is a part of what is at the heart of the nature of our faith walk. Inherently faith is a matter of trusting, in this case trusting God in Jesus. That means we're not in control and we're dependent. It also often means in this life that we just can't see the outcome. We're at God's mercy. And that is what faith is all about.
This good angst also involves asking the hard questions and not ducking from them. Too often we just give quick, easy, skirting answers to questions that ought to trouble us.
Of course we want that perfect peace promised to those who trust God. But getting it requires a faith that is willing to step out into what is unknown and unseen, trusting in God that he will be there and help us, each step of the way.
I know for me that anything new, which can include a new day, involves a faith that knows not the new situation thrown at me. It seems healthy for me to see life as a venture with God, rather than the predictable "same old, same old." I've been caught off guard at times by troubles that came, especially when from another person. But I think I would have been better prepared if I would have approached each day with that sense of faith that is committed to trusting in God and his word, in a way that is committed to the dynamic of God's ongoing work and the growth and change that comes with it. Then I wouldn't have been thrown to the ground as I have been at times. Or at least I would have been better able to walk through such times in a way that better honored God.
Go to that post and give it a read. Along with the comments. A good exercise in thinking, I think, about faith and life.
And what might you like to add to this?