6 August 2013 by Mindy Oon CM –
Everyone feels stressed out at some point. Driving (or rather, not moving) in a traffic jam, late for an important appointment, kids spilling their juice all over the sofa. We tend to stress out when things and circumstances are out of our control, when our basic needs are not being met, or when we feel that our safety is threatened. Stress and anxiety can take on different shapes and forms, yet in general it all boils down to one issue – lack of trust in God.
Most Christians would probably share the thinking that God is in control of our lives, and that He is sovereign. We believe that He is provider and healer, and that He loves us. So when stress dominates our lives, somewhere we have failed to trust God. Just trust God with everything that is going on in our lives and you’ll never have to deal with stress ever again! If only it were that easy. Life however, is not simplistic and every situation is different. In our human condition it is almost impossible to escape the stressors of life. But for Christians, perhaps stress can be a reminder that we have drifted away from God, and an indicator that we have not been depending upon our Lord for daily strength, and that we have forgotten His promises.
Here are three infallible ways to cope with stress:
Philippians 4:6-7 says ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart.’ Instead of worrying and stressing out, the Word of God guides us to take everything to God in prayer. Leave our problems in His hands, and as we do so, we will be given peace that is beyond our understanding in place of the worry and anxiety that we feel.
It is impossible to praise God and be stressed at the same time. Praise and worship takes the focus of our selves, and our problems. When we focus on God, other things fall into perspective. Sometimes, what we need most is to just get up and declare the goodness of God and His promises in the face of trouble.
MEDITATE ON THE WORD OF GOD
God’s word is filled with His promises. Knowing these in our heart will overcome the worry, anxiety and stress that life brings. He are some verses that will remind us on the largeness of our God.
Matthew 11:28-30 ‘Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
Psalm 4:8 ‘I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will kep me safe.’
John 14:27 ‘I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled of afraid.
God did not plan for us to live in stress and anxiety. Events of the day can stir up fear, stress, and ultimately result in sickness in both body and soul. Put your trust in God as He is the only one who can deliver and come through in times of need.
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