How to Fing Peace in a Stressful World

How to Fing Peace in a Stressful World

There is such a thing as living-above-stress-life. It is called the overcoming life in Christ Jesus. It is living life from the ‘mountain top’; living life from the position of rest. Mind you, this kind of life does not mean there will not be challenges and trials because problems gravitate towards their solutions. Remember what the Lord Jesus Christ said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the worldJohn 16: 33. So trials and troubles are part of life. You cannot pray or wish them away. However, you can live above every trouble victoriously.

There are so many things that could make life very stressful these days. There is the uncertainty of the economy and business climate that is constantly hovering above us. There is also the fear of sickness and pandemics; daily there are bills to pay, obligations to meet. There is the constant rat-race we encounter in traffic, targets to meet in the office, family and other commitments to meet every day. In fact, there so much pressure from every quarter that can cause us serious worries. Despite all these, you can live a stress-free life.

Instead of worrying yourself stiff and feeling stressed out, do what the Lord Jesus Christ said we should do under such circumstances. He said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GodPhilippians 4: 6. This is how to live from the ‘mountain top’, living life from the position of rest. Learn to talk to the Lord concerning anything no matter how insignificant it might seem. Pray to God and live according to His Word.

The Word of God says in Mathew 6, that it is God that feeds the birds in the air and clothes the lilies in the field and that you are more valued than them, and as such God will provide you all your needs. In verses 31 – 32, He says “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles strive after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Can you see that? So make up your mind today not to ever subject yourself to stressful conditions for whatever reasons. The Spirit of God through the Psalmist admonishes us thus, “Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help youPsalm 37: 5.

Learn to pray in the Spirit and meditate on God’s Word daily if you must overcome every depressing and stressful condition that comes your way. Meditate on these scriptures and you will perpetually overcome in life. “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you1 Peter 5: 7; “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shakenPsalm 55: 22; “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understandingProverbs 3” 5 and “Commit your works to the LORD, and your plans will be achievedProverbs 16: 3.

The Bibles Solution To Stress

The Bibles Solution To Stress

The word “stress” is common to many and usually associated with the responsibilities that come with our daily existence. Though the level and root cause may differ at different points in time, there seems to be an atom of it visible or lurking somewhere in our daily efforts to survive, live-out or fulfil our dreams.  In other words, we all have to deal with the issue of stress, whether it is physical, emotional, financial, or otherwise. 

Briefly speaking, stress is an induced psychological effect that starts off in our minds and then takes its toll on our bodies eventually.  Some people have argued that stress can be positive and leads to higher productivity as regards putting you on the edge, but more often than not, we attest to the fact that it almost literally saps the strength out of us, the energy, the enthusiasm, the vigor and enjoyment that comes with living if you like, free. 

So, that leaves us with the question – what does the Bible say about stress and its management?  The first thing to note is that the Bible does not deny stress nor its causes.  What we find rather is that we are not to allow ourselves to get enmeshed in its negative vibes which can be safely called worry.  Many times, feeling stressed can be a result of worry: worries about unmet goals for the day, about whether the goals can even be met given the timelines.  Worry also stems from unmet desires which then drowns such individuals in thoughts and then leads to stress.

John 14:1 gives us a remedy.  Stress inducers are bound to come but we are not to allow them to overwhelm our thoughts. In essence, a solution to stress is to stay positive.  At first, that may not seem helpful, but the effect on the mind is far-reaching.  This is because our minds have a way of amplifying thoughts when we ruminate on them for long.  So, when you notice a stress pattern, do not allow it in by absorbing it into your thoughts.  Firstly, give a smile, then say a kind word.  That puts you on a better pedestal and a cooler frame of mind to tackle the source of that stress. 

Furthermore, learn to be proactive by feeding your mind with the right thoughts all the time (Phillipians 4:8). It is a terrible habit to always be on the lookout for things to go wrong, or always foreseeing ill. Rather, what works to handle stress when they eventually come is to have shielded your mind with the right thoughts. That way, your first response will not be to jump off the cliff but to calm your nerves.  It is as the saying goes, “you don’t prepare for battle on the day of battle. 

Finally, having the right friends around you offers great and quick relief from stress.  (1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 15:1). You can always rely on the good company for advice when you feel really stressed and their presence, in the least, helps alleviate it. The three solutions given are tested and proven to deal with stress effectively.