Life sometimes causes us to feel like a rubber band stretched tight. Pressures build up and pull us in a different direction or pull against our sense of well-being.
Job, said “Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” Job 5:7.
From health to emotions, finances, and relationships, trouble stands at the brink of it all, waiting to make its unwelcome, untimely and unexpected entrance. No one is exempt.
Trying to live in today’s society with its many demands may put excessive pressures on us. Trying to cope with the financial demands of life without adequate income is a stretching experience. Marital difficulties or difficulties in parent-child relationships can bring stress into life.
What is the answer? Stress comes when we fail to trust God for help.
The past couple years I have been dealing with high blood pressure, pain and pressure in my chest and arms along with fatigue. I went through different types of testing and a stress test. Last week I had a heart cath procedure done. The cardiologist found no blockage in my heart (I give God praise for that) but the doctor warned me about having too much stress and anxiety in my life, to change my lifestyle, to stop worrying so much. I thought, to worry is human. It’s a normal and natural part of life. As a mother I worry mostly about my children and my grandchildren. But too much worry can distract and paralyze us. It can even lead to a sinful denial of God’s presence and grace in our lives. We combat worry and anxiety by remembering and trusting God’s promises.
We combat worry by placing our cares in Jesus’ hands. “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God Philippians 4:6).
God’s cure for worry and stress is always the same, prayer. His way is always action. The action begins by making everything known to him. Why do we get to pray this way? Because he is near, we need not be anxious for anything. Because he is near, we have peace within. A deep abiding peace that passes all understanding, and because the Lord is near our hearts and minds are renewed and restored in Christ Jesus. With this restoration we become once again, fresh, vibrant and alive.
Matthew 6:25-34, Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not, our worries lose their grip on us as we focus on Kingdom priorities.
Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” Matthew 11-28.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance mush finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything” James 1:2-4.
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” James 1:12.
Character is built from the positive building blocks of life.
But it is also built from conquering the stresses and problems of life. What you do with stress not only reveals your character but also helps develop your character.
Yes I have learned, God can bring peace in the midst of stress. Healing begins with a choice to place my hope in him.
From my heart