You’re on your way to a meeting and your boss stops you to ask if you would explain the latest project to everyone; or you get to work and realize that report was due yesterday, or your boss decides to saddle you with another project on top of all you have already, or you’re sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for the bad news.
Stress visits each of us on a daily basis, sometimes plaguing our every step. Sometimes it is caused by others and sometimes we bring it on ourselves. Even the most patient and placid can be overwhelmed by stress and succumb to its influence.
So if stress is an inevitable occurrence in our lives, it is not about avoiding stress but how we decide to respond to it. A common response is frustration, yet this often solves nothing. We need to identify the causes of stress and prepare defenses for when it attacks. The best defense that I have found is a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Is your stress from work or other demands placed upon you? In Matthew 11:28 it says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Is your stressed caused from worry? Also in Matthew 6:34 it says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Is your stress caused by fear or anxiety? In Psalms 118:5-6 it says, “From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.” It also says in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The Bible contains many more versus about dealing with stress and most of them deal with giving it to God and letting Him take care of you. The world teaches us that we are supposed to try and handle everything ourselves, but that is not what the Bible teaches us. The question is: do you want to keep trying on your own and stressing yourself out, or do you want to take Jesus by the hand and let Him help you and guide you down the paths of life?