How to Calm Anxiety as North Korea Fuels Fear


North Korea rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions saying the United States would soon face the “greatest pain” it has ever experienced. Without elaborating, Pyongyang’s ambassador, Han Tae Song said the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “ready to use a form of ultimate means.”

This threat along with numerous others underscore why anxiety about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is growing.

The Pew Research Center recently surveyed people in the United States and six Asia-Pacific countries to determine their views about North Korea and its nuclear program. More than 50% of respondents in Japan, the U.S., Philippines, South Korea, and Australia said they were “very concerned” about North Korea having nuclear weapons.

According to The Washington Post: “Fear is in the water these days, spread with a new and viral efficiency on social media into everyone’s homes and everyone’s pockets at all hours, every day.”

If fear runs this rampant throughout our society, then each of us needs a strategy to deal with it.

So, how do we face fear?

I’d like to suggest a plan:

Name each fear to God while you sit quietly.

Although it may sound simplistic, God longs to give us peace found, not in this world, but in a relationship with Himself. Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

God knew we would face fears. That’s why the Bible contains great encouragement from people who show us how they faced enemies, and in the midst, turned their attention to God. For example, when the Philistines seized David in Gath, he penned these words (Psalm 56:3-4):

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

In God, whose word I praise—

In God, I trust and am not afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?

While nuclear weapons remind us of the evil humans can do, my point is that trusting God with our lives begins by starting a conversation with Him about matters that frighten us. The truth is, He already knows (Psalm 139:2), and He whispers to us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Your biggest obstacle to prayer may be the same as mine. Sitting still and quiet is hard. Activity makes me feel productive; stillness can cause me to feel lazy. However, Scripture says it is in quietness and trust that we find strength (Isaiah 30:15).

So, start with simple words. List each fear one by one. Two-word prayers like “help me” are sufficient.

Whether nuclear weapons or some other anxiety threatens your peace of mind today, “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

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Laura is a blogger and Bible study leader who leverages her experience as a former television news reporter, radio show host, and magazine editor to connect the relevance of Scripture to modern issues. She writes regularly about news and faith on her website.

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