The Ninth Part of a Ten Part Series on Anxiety and Stress Which Began on February 23, 2016
A smart person embraces the fact that God is ultimately in control. He made us. He loves us, and He wants us to be successful.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:29-31).
But the fact that God is ultimately in control of our lives does not mean that we are not also responsible for our own happiness and success. We can’t control everything, but there are four things that we can do to find more balance and peace in our lives. The first two have to do with faith and the Bible, and the second two involve the goals we set for ourselves.
First, We need to live by faith in Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote to the Church at Galatia, and made his most important statement:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
All attempts at balance ultimately flow from our connection with the hub of the universe – Jesus Christ. Our example is Paul, and here in Galatians he explains his relationship with Jesus. “Christ is the sole meaning of life for him (Phil. 1:21): every moment is passed in conscious dependence on Christ, to whom he looks for everything.”
Cole, F. A. (1989). Galatians (p.126). Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove: IVP Academic.
Second, We need to live by the Word of God.
The Bible provides instructions for living a purposeful life. Bible reading and study keeps us from living life in an arbitrary hit-or-miss manner. Many mistakes and misjudgments that cause us stress could be prevented by following the examples of godly men and women in Scripture. The Bible also includes negative examples to show us what does and does not lead to healthy, balanced living. The Bible teaches principles for life management. We need to continually evaluate our lives in the light of God’s Word.
My next blog will talk about the goals we set for ourselves.
Dr James P Porowski Licensed Psychologist Raleigh NC March 16, 2016