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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Sometimes I get anxious. Do you ever get anxious over something, whether it be your job, your kids, your future? It’s easy to allow stress to take over our lives, especially in a “go-go-go” society; however, Jesus offers us the exact opposite of what our world does.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 NKJV
This morning, things were off to a really good start. I had woken up from a restful sleep, was able to read through my bible, and made myself a good breakfast. I started to feel a slight pain in my stomach after eating, and immediately thought to myself “oh no, did I eat something I shouldn’t have?” I began to feel myself start to tense up, and went through all the possible reasons of why I was experiencing this pain. My mood rapidly changed from a 10 to a 2 in a matter of seconds, all because I was stressing over what I should or shouldn’t have eaten.
Normally, when I begin to feel stressed, I often panic or think of the worst possible outcome. I’m easily bothered by little things when I’m stressed. However, today was different because I wasn’t about to give up a precious, beautiful morning all because I chose to avoid my stressful emotions rather than handing them over to Jesus.
I knew that the wise thing to do in that moment was to get myself alone with God, and talk to Him about how I was feeling. I put on my coveralls and headed outside to get some fresh air, and just tried to humble myself in that moment of feeling overwhelmed.
I can imagine Jesus felt stressed each time someone came up to Him and asked Him for healing, or to perform some kind of miracle for them or their loved ones. I’m sure that Jesus felt overwhelmed just like you and I, but when I look at how He handled stressful situations, it’s quite different than how I would typically deal with it.
You see, instead of gravitating over to some kind of worldly comfort, all Jesus did was got Himself alone with God. He didn’t resort to some kind of “quick-fix”, or some sort of lifestyle change in order to make Himself feel better, but instead He humbled Himself before God and spent alone time with Him.
Without any kind of distraction, Jesus would go to hear from God and allow God to fellowship with Him. After all, isn’t that the whole purpose for our existence? To have fellowship with God? We were created to have an intimate relationship with the One who created us, and yet most of us tend to live our lives on our own terms without any concern for God in our lives.
Once I had spent some time alone with the Lord, I realized a few things about how to deal with any sort of stressor in my life. 1. God just wants us. Not just bits and parts, but all of us. I know that can be hard to believe sometimes, but if He didn’t, He wouldn’t have created us. 2. Stress can be unavoidable sometimes, but it’s up to us on how we decide to handle that stress; either by letting in rein throughout our lives, causing strain on our relationships with others, or we can bring all of our worries to the Father, which will ultimately “guard our hearts and minds” from all evil. And lastly, 3. You can, and you will live a victorious life by humbling yourself before God and admitting that you can’t do it all on your own. It’s only though Jesus that we can have access to God’s best for our lives, and that is why I am so thankful for the free gift of salvation.
If you, or someone you know is going through a stressful time or experiences anxiety on a daily basis, may I suggest to you that the wisest thing you can do is to take your concerns to God?
He is the only way to live peacefully, and victoriously when we are submitted to Him and His will. Our anxieties start to fade as we enter into a state of being humble, rather than thinking we can conquer our fears on our own.