Anxiety tells me I have to have control to have security. It says control over my work and marriage is the only way I can be sure I am secure (1 Corinthians 7:32–34).
The gospel promises order and freedom when I completely devote these things to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:35).
Anxiety preaches that I should be afraid of my weaknesses; that the way I am perceived by others should reflect strength and a comfort (2 Corinthians 11:21–30).
The gospel promises that in my perceived weaknesses the power of Christ is most strong in me (2 Corinthians 12:9–10).
Anxiety preaches that I should be gripped by fear and the danger of losing my life. It says I should succumb to the fear of losing things–people and goods. It tells me it is okay to allow temporal things define my value and worth. Anxiety encourages me to be consumed by thoughts about a next adventure, blog, evangelism opportunity, meal, meeting, outfit, service, or career opportunity.
The gospel, however, commands me to not be anxious because I have a good father who is in control of all these things. The gospel informs my heart that my soul is eternal–so I should not place my hope in temporal things. The gospel God promises me is his faithfulness, displayed in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is rich enough to provide me all that I need for today, for every hour and task (Luke 12:22-23).
Anxiety over-promises but delivers nothing. The gospel guarantees hope and delivers on every promise.