Screwtape Likes It When You’re Anxious

Friday with Screwtape 6 (series)

“I am delighted to hear that your patient’s age and profession make it possible, but by no means certain, that he will be called up for military service. We want him to be in the maximum uncertainty, so that his mind will be filled with contradictory pictures of the future, every one of which arouses hope or fear. There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.”

I doubt if truer words have ever been spoken. God wants us focusing on what he wants us to do, and how he wants us to follow him. There is a life to be lived in , and a commission to accomplish. I don’t know about you, but I find that worry over the future is the thing that Satan uses to derail me in my walk in Christ. This worry is crippling. It will keep us from following fully and faithfully. When we become crippled with worry over our futures, we create a sort of paralysis where we accomplish little to nothing of eternal value.

Our lives are not our own, and our futures are in the hands of God. Worry, and I have too much of it too often, is the sign of a lack of faith in our lives. Worry will keep us from taking risks, and it will keep us from being effective for the gospel. So the challenge for us is to know that when those moments of anxiety find their way to us, we need to understand that this anxiety comes from our enemy. It is a weapon meant to crush us. Call it what it is, and stand up to it. Turn to the Lord in prayer, and trust that your life rests in His hands.

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2 thoughts on “Screwtape Likes It When You’re Anxious

  1. Well said. That last sentence is so tricky. I don’t know why I don’t just follow more consistently on that one.

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