God’s Remedy For Stress
by: Michael Woods | April 5, 2018
Juggling the demands of work, home, school, church, and family can be exhausting.
One more unexpected interruption or unforeseen problem can send you over the edge. These are the times that can cause you to experience physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion.
We live in a society that pushes us to try to get more done in less time with better results. As a result of living in a time driven culture, stress is an inevitable part of life, so we have to learn to manage it.
Let’s look at what God says about stress and how Christians are to handle the reality of a stress filled life and still maintain that inner peace that God promises.
Number one in God’s remedy for stress is to simply consider what God is doing in the stressful circumstances of life. James 1:2-4 says,
“My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.”
One of the best antidotes to stress is seeing God’s purposes in the difficulties that He allows in our lives.
James 1:2-4 counsels us that we are to be glad when we face trouble…not because difficult circumstances are good…but because these circumstances can produce something good in us: endurance.
And what’s another good thing that God want to accomplish in us? He wants to conform us to the image of His son, Jesus:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” Romans 8:28-29
God may use stressful situations to help us become more like Jesus. So knowing that God uses every situation of life to teach us to become more like Jesus helps us…or should help us…to feel less stressed by things that we cannot control.
The apostle Paul experienced many stressful life situations that would put most of us over the edge. Yet he did not get discouraged or overwhelmed.
- Was put in prison over and over
- Was flogged an uncounted number of times
- Faced death over and over
- Received 39 lashes from the Jews 5 times
- Was beaten with rods 3 times
- Was stoned one time
- Was shipwrecked 3 times
- Spent a day and night in the sea
- Was in continual danger from rivers and robbers
- Was in danger from his own countrymen, as well as the Gentiles
- Was in danger in the city, in the country, at sea, and from false brothers
- Was weary and in pain often, without sleep
- Was often hungry, thirsty, and cold
By focusing on God’s eternal perspective, the apostle Paul was able to endure all kinds of difficulties with inner peace and joy.
Number two in God’s remedy for stress is to take time each day to be alone with God. Psalm 46:10 says,
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Set aside 10-minutes a day to start reading through the Book of Psalms as a balance for a busy life. Cultivating the habit of reading the Psalms will help you see life from God’s perspective and to more fully experience His presence throughout the day.
“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:8-11)
As you purposely quiet your hearts each day, the Holy Spirit has a chance to change the way you see your difficulties, and to be honest, that may be just what you need in order to better cope with life’s stressful situations.
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