NOBODY CAN SAY THAT THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN STRESSED BEFORE; IT IS FOUND IN THE EVERYDAY HUMAN ACTIVITIES. BUT ITS NEGATIVE INFLUENCE IS WHAT WE ALL WANT TO AVOID AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THAT IS WHY EFFECTIVE STRESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT.
WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF STRESS MANAGEMENT FROM GOD’S PERSPECTIVE.
IN THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE, WE DISCOVERED THAT GOD WANTS US TO WALK IN HIS REST AS HIS CHILDREN.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
GOD WANTS US TO HAVE A STRESS-FREE LIFE; THAT IS HIS DESIRE. YOU SEE, STRESS, AND ITS EFFECTS, WERE NOT PART OF GOD’S ORIGINAL PLANS. WHEN GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE, EVERYTHING WAS GOOD. AND GOD TOLD ADAM
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
DID GOD CREATE STRESS?
GOD’S INITIAL PLAN FOR MAN WAS A LIFE WITH ABUNDANCE OF SUPPLY. HE NEVER WANTED MAN TO SUFFER OR STRUGGLE IN ANY WAY AT ALL. WE’VE ALREADY COVERED WE’VE ALREADY COVERED THE FALL OF ADAM , IN DEPTH, IN OUR FIRST SERIES.
HARDSHIP, AND STRESS, CAME AS A RESULT OF SIN AND DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD. ADAM LISTENED TO THE VOICE OF THE DEVIL AND SINNED AGAINST GOD . WHEN HE FOUND HIMSELF OUTSIDE GOD’S LIGHT, HE BEGAN TO SUFFER. AND HIS DAYS WERE STRESSFUL.
SO, STRESS IS NOT FROM GOD, SIMPLE. ALL CAUSES OF STRESS (DISTRESS) ARE NEGATIVE, AND NOTHING NEGATIVE COMES FROM GOD (JAMES 1:13-17).
BUT THERE IS A REST THAT GOD HAS RESERVED FOR HIS PEOPLE IN THIS STRESSFUL WORLD. IT IS POSSIBLE TO PROSPER IN A SINKING ECONOMY. TAKE ISAAC FOR EXAMPLE. GOD TOLD ISAAC TO REMAIN IN THE LAND OF DROUGHT, AND THAT SAME YEAR, HE GOT 100 TIMES WHAT HE SOWED (GENESIS 26:2, 12-14).
MY POINT IS THIS; GOD WANTS TO HELP US SUCCEED IN LIFE. GOD WANTS US TO HAVE A STRESS-FREE LIFE. JESUS SAID “I HAVE COME THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIFE TO THE FULL.”
BUT MANY PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEY CAN’T SEE GOD WITH THEIR OPTICAL EYES, WOULD RATHER RUSH OFF EARLY IN THE MORNING. THEY RUSH TO WORK, WORK HARD, CLOSE LATE, STILL LIVE FROM PAY-CHECK TO PAY-CHECK, AND ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF STRESS MANAGEMENT.
THE STRESS ANTIDOTE
I DON’T SEE WHY A BLIND MAN WOULD IGNORE HIS GUIDE, AND TRY TO DRIVE ACROSS A STRANGE TOWN. IT IS STUPID AND SUICIDAL.
STRANGELY, THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY TURN THEIR BACKS TO GOD. THEY MIGHT THINK, “I’M JUST SO BUSY, I CAN’T AFFORD TO SPEND 1 HOUR A DAY, IN PRAYER”. BUT THEY ARE ONLY SETTING A TIME BOMB IN THEIR LIVES.
GOD IS THE SOURCE OF PEACE AND TRUE SUCCESS. HE IS THE ONE WHO WANTS TO MAKE US GREAT. THERE IS NO POINT IN SAYING THAT WE ARE IN A RUSH TO SUCCEED, BUT TOO BUSY FOR GOD.
I LEARNT SOMETHING A LONG TIME AGO. I LEARNT NEVER TO COMPROMISE MY FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. IF I SHOULD SACRIFICE ANYTHING IN MY LIFE, IT CAN BY MY CAR, PROPERTY. BUT I CAN NEVER SACRIFICE MY FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.
GOD’S STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
GOD CARES ABOUT US. BUT THE ONLY WAY WE CAN ENJOY HIS REST IS THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD. JESUS SAID WE SHOULD TAKE HIS YOKE, HIS WORK, AND WE WOULD FIND REST. THIS IS BECAUSE AS WE ACCEPT THE CHRISTIAN MISSION, WE ALSO SUBMIT OURSELVES TO GOD, AND ARE EASILY GUIDED INTO THE BLESSINGS HE HAS FOR US.
WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD, THROUGH HIS WORD, WE ALSO FIND OURSELVES EXPERIENCING HIS PEACE AT A DEEPER LEVEL EVERY DAY. WE WILL FIND OURSELVES TOTALLY FREE OF STRESS AND NOT IN NEED OF STRESS MANAGEMENT TIPS, STRESS DEALING SKILLS, STRESS RELIEVING TECHNIQUES AND SO ON.
YES, THE CHALLENGES CAN COME. BUT WHEN THEY DO, WE ARE NOT SHAKEN OR DISCOURAGED. INSTEAD WE ARE FILLED WITH CONFIDENCE KNOWING THAT THE GREATER ONE IN BACKING US UP. SO HOW CAN WE FAIL?
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