When Life Is Stressing You Out
by: Michael Woods | March 26, 2017
Have you been feeling stressed lately? Whether you’re a woman who’s feeling overwhelmed and pulled in five directions, a student anxious over upcoming finals, or a man worried about where your next paycheck is going to come from, there’s no shortage of stress these days. In these moments when life’s challenges cause stress in your life, you can turn to God’s Word for strength and encouragement.
These six Bible verses will get you started:
1. When you want God to do things your way, in your timing
Read Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
You might have heard this one before, but it’s still hard to put our troubles in God’s hands. We want Him to solve our problems with our own methods and in our own time. However, we never see the big picture — but God does. And He’ll come through in ways we’ll never be able to imagine.
2. When your circumstances steal your happiness
Read James 1:2: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”
This is a verse you might find odd: Why would we be joyful when we experience trials? It’s contrary to our natural reaction. Joy during hard times is difficult, but with God all things are possible. When we’re close to Him, it’s possible to have peace and joy when it seems like the ship is about to go down. For more on this, check out what Jesus does in Matthew 8:23-27.
3. When you’re uncertain about what the future holds
Read Psalm 112:7: “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
If we have joy through the storms, we’re probably not worrying too much on what’s to come. If we fear bad news, we’re worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet. We can trust in our heavenly Father to carry us through what’s to come, leaving tomorrow’s problems for tomorrow. Which leads me to…
4. When you can’t focus on today
Read Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Jesus essentially reiterates Psalm 112:7 with this verse. When you focus only on what’s ahead, you can’t see or deal with the problems today. If you want to successfully assemble a piece of IKEA furniture, you’re certainly not going to start with Step 10; you’re going to start with Step 1 and go one step at a time. Our walk with Jesus is like that.
5. When you don’t have any energy left
Read Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
When you’re running on fumes, it’s important to keep this verse in mind. If you’re out of strength, Jesus has good news for you: He can become your strength! When we’re at our weakest, He’s at His strongest (2 Corinthians 11:30).
6. When you don’t know how to handle your anxiety
Read Philippians 4:6-7: “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.”
The first sentence commands us to present our needs to God. But the second verse comes with an amazing promise: we’ll receive the peace of God, “which transcends all understanding.” What a blessing!
What verse have you found useful to remember when you’re stressed? Share it with us!