So, how do we take up this shield of faith? Well, first look at what you are putting faith in. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders have a list of “protections” and superstitions to try to keep “bad things” from happening. Right now you might have your own little “treasures” or behaviors that “protect” you. You might have to count, you might have to check, you might have to wash. I have already mentioned some of mine: hand washing (with Lysol, bleach, and scalding water), picking over food, glasses, utensils carefully, avoiding places that I felt were unsafe.
I also had silver bullets “just in case” something happened. At first, I had faith in these and, briefly, they made my symptoms manageable because having those eased my anxiety. I had peppermints, then antacids, then Phenergan (and anti-nausea medication).
But then they also stopped working. Why? Why did these behaviors and talismans that worked so well for a while, all of a sudden just stop being effective in easing my fear? Because I had faith in things of this earth, not in God.
God is faithful, God is active, protecting, and loving. He cherishes you and loves you and wants to see you succeed. He wants you to have life and have it to the full. Let’s check the verse a minute…
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (NKJV)
We can see from what the Lord says in James that the He will give wisdom liberally and to all (to every single one), and without checking to see if you deserve it. This is the first verse that started me on my road to healing. I remember the day very clearly. I had been praying for years for healing, though unfruitfully. I read this passage in the Bible and thought “I have nothing to lose, I know God is not a liar, so I am going to trust this verse.”. I prayed to God: “God, You put this verse in here, and I know You do not lie. I ask for wisdom.”.