Deal With Stress Through Scripture – What The Bible Says
Stress is something that can overwhelm us and as Christians we need to use scripture as our guide to cope.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27 (KJV)
Stress is something that we all deal with on a daily basis. It can surface, seemingly out of nowhere, for any reason imaginable, and yet the result is always the same. Stress does nothing but distract us from pursuing God; it directs our focus to our problems rather than to the one who can make them right. It is impossible to go through life without being stressed; but it is possible to minimize the devastating effects that stress can have on our lives.
The reason that stress can be so dangerous is that it makes our struggles seem bigger than they are. It gives us the illusion that we are utterly hopeless and weak in comparison to our circumstances. But the simple truth that stress fails to acknowledge is this: we have the God of the universe on our side. Romans 8:31 says, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” This is not to say that our problems aren’t real or that they can’t be overwhelming at times. It’s a natural human reaction to be stressed whenever trouble comes our way. The key to dealing with it is to not be consumed by it.
Consider Matthew 6:24: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” There is absolutely no advantage to living a lifestyle of worry and anxiety. Stress often arises when we either have no way of dealing with our issues or simply refuse to address them. If we are completely lacking in control, the only thing we can do is ask God for patience and trust that He will use our situation for our good. If the problem is a fear of confrontation, we must ask Him for the strength and the courage to face the giants in our lives in a way that is honorable and pleasing to Him.
Ultimately, no matter the source of our stress, it can end at the foot of the cross. He who has overcome death and the grave can also overcome the little inconveniences in our daily lives (and the big ones, too). Regardless of how valid, how monumental, how daunting our fears are, at the end of the day, all that matters is that we are found in Christ. The troubles of this world will all pass away, but the Word of God remains forever. This is the assurance that we can carry with us wherever we go, and it is the only effective remedy there is for our continual battle against stress.