Dealing with Stress
Maybe you work harder when you are stressed. Maybe you panic and work frantically because of the stress. Maybe you avoid the thing causing you to stress and try to focus on other things.
There are various ways we respond to stress, but only one thing is a true remedy: prayer.
What does the Bible say?
The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6, ESV).
God is in control, so we do not need to be anxious. Anything causing us anxiety or stress can be taken to the Lord in prayer. And when we pray, God listens and acts.
Prayer is how we humbly demonstrate our reliance on God. It is how we show our faith and trust in Him. By praying about the things that we stress about, we are demonstrating trust in the Lord.
Often, what we do not pray about is what we fail to trust God with. I know that I tend to pray the least about the things that are stressing me the most, and I’m sure that you do too.
His Yoke is Easy, His Burden is Light
What you’re stressing about the most is where you’re trusting God the least.
If you truly believe that God will provide the money you need to pay your bills, then why are you stressed about money?
If you truly believe that God is sovereign over what happens in your life, then why are you stressed about what might happen tomorrow?
Believing in God and in His perfect plan for us brings great joy and contentment to our lives. Stress robs us of that joy.
If you’re dealing with stress, take it to Him in prayer. He wants to hear from you and He wants to help you!
Trust in Him and stop letting stress steal your joy.