Don't Be Trouble. Trust in God
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding”
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America 7 out of 10 adults in America say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes moderately with their lives. The numbers of how many people in this country suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, or stress is really sad and a major issue. Growing up I never would stress about things, I was a really go-with-the-flow type of girl. It wasn’t until I had graduated college and settling into my own woman, and becoming a full adult is when the stress started to kick in as I’m sure it does for a lot of people. I read somewhere that it is now considered normal for young adults between the ages of 22-35 roughly to have a mid-mid life crisis. That’s CRAZY to me! But at the same time it wasn’t surprising to hear.
I’ve learned that many people may stress because they don’t trust God to provide the basic necessities of life. In Matthew 6:25 Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” This scripture is a clear example of why we get stressed out in the first place; we worry about providing for our loved ones or ourselves. We stress over money, making ends meet, living check to check, and we become consumed in things and materialism and turn it into a “stressed-out about maintaining our lifestyle” episode. Worrying about material things will no doubt lead to stress because we are seeking worldly goods instead of our Heavenly Father.
I’m sure this may seem obvious to some people, but it definitely didn’t seem obvious to me, but the way to deal with stress is to seek the stress reliever, which is Jesus. “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God.” This scripture from John is the most obvious solution of how to deal with stress, but it’s so hard for us to do because we are going to all the wrong things for relief such as alcohol, or drugs, or sex, etc.
We need Jesus in our life so much because He is the only one who can give us the strength to cope with the troubles in our lives. Believing in Him does not mean that we will have a trouble-free life or that we will not succumb to stress in our lives. It simply means that a life without Jesus makes coping with stress an impossible task. Believing leads to trusting which is explained in Proverbs “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Leaning on our own understanding basically means adopting the world’s way of dealing with stress. No! The world is full of sin and is an imperfect place, but the Word of God stands true and is perfect.
Jesus tells us not to be anxious about anything, but rather to turn everything over to Him in prayer. Lifting our burdens and concerns to a holy and righteous God daily will alleviate or eliminate the stress in our lives. He also tells us to cast our cares on Him because he will sustain and never fail us. He tells again in John that “Peace I live with you; my peace I give to you.” Our perfect, cannot fail Lord and Savior has commanded us to cast ALL cares on Him and He will sustain and NEVER fail. That promise is so powerful, but yet we turn to prescriptions, drugs, and alcohol to relieve our stress. We’re so quick to put our faith in a worldly being but not in our Heavenly Father. Just by simply letting go all of our worries and doubts, our lives would be much more happier, successful, and complete. I’ve also learned that disobedience and sin can produce stress and cut us off from our blessing and our only means of peace and joy. By being obedient and casting our cares to Him, we reap the blessings of not only our desires but true contentment. And I only have peace by reading his Word daily and speaking to Him through prayer often. God wants us to share our feelings and concerns to Him; He longs to be in relationship with us. Imagine if you never spoke to your boyfriend about any of your ideas, dreams or concerns. I’m sure he would be sad and would long for you to just speak with him so that he can listen and help you. That’s how Jesus wants us too.