The Eighth Part of a Ten Part Series on Anxiety and Stress Which Began on February 23, 2016
Learning to Live Without Constant Stress
Perfect balance is rarely possible. But we can learn to live without experiencing constant stress. Think back to our definition of stress, A person’s response to the accumulated effect of the pressures of life. And keep in mind the following two points:
1) Although God allows stress provoking situations into our lives, The Bible teaches that He does not choose for us to stand alone. We can respond to these life situations in faith. In the words of David:
“From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against my enemy” (Psalm 61:2-3).
“David, feeling faint and inadequate, found assurance in the strength of his Rock and encouragement in God’s enduring promises.”
Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck (Ed.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament p. 838. Wheaton: Victor Books.
Often a steady glance upward is all it takes to put the cares of this life in proper perspective. We need to live in the expectation that there is a rock that is higher than I.
2) Understand that we cannot control every variable in our lives. Often stress results from our tendency and desire to control everything around us. Even when we attempt to take complete responsibility for every aspect of our lives, many factors remain out of our control. Consequently, control is not the mechanism we should use to balance our life. Our Lord sees the big picture, knows every contributing variable, and wants us to take comfort in His sovereign rule. A smart person embraces the fact that God is in control.
In the next few days I will look at the things that we do have control over as we seek to maintain balance, and have more peace in our lives.
Dr James P Porowski Licensed Psychologist Raleigh NC March 13, 2016