Is this a mental thought and possibly a verbal statement that is familiar to you? If so, are you a Christian? If you are a Christian, and yet you experience continued amounts of anxiety and stress – why? As a child of God, a baptized believer in Christ, there is NO greater place to be than in Christ! So, my friend, why do we find ourselves allowing stress to build up – and proceed to take over our minds and our days?
For the Christian – there is a better question. What does the Bible say or imply about stress, and what should we do when it occurs in great volumes?
First, we know that stress occurs when we allow our mind to linger upon items we cannot control. When we cease to enjoy the wonderful life that God blesses us with – and we worry about unimportant or uncontrollable things. Jesus taught in Matthew 6 that God takes care of the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. How much more will He take us those who seek first His kingdom and His righteousness? God will care for those who are washed in the blood of the Lamb. Notably, those who are washed in the blood of the Lamb have the things of heaven and of the church as important – not the things of this world.
Jesus also taught that the one soul that allows the cares and the worries of the world to intrude on their life – is the soul that allows the world to choke the seed of the Kingdom to death (Matt. 13:22). But, when we allow the Word of God to take over our mind and spirit – the world becomes less and less important to us! Martha, upset with Mary because she was listening to Jesus instead of helping her with the housework, was softly rebuked by Jesus (Lk. 10:41). Mary had chosen the greater part by choosing Jesus. Being anxious and worried about the things of this world is not a positive trait taught in God’s Word.
Next, how do we deal with stress when it pops us in our lives? First, if you are a Christian – we need to remember again the hope we have in Christ. We are only attached to this world because we physically live here. Paul said that our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20). Mentally, wherein stress is begun and fed, our residence as God’s people should be in heaven. Simply being there mentally will take away stress and remind us what life is truly about. Peter told his audience that we must cast all our anxiety upon Christ – because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7). Solomon wrote that we are to commit our works to God – and our thoughts will be established (Prov. 16:30). If we work for God while here on earth and our energies are focused on the Kingdom, we will then keep in mind our home and trust in God for everything. And, one of the more powerful scriptures concerning anxiety, Paul tells us not to be anxious or worrisome about anything. Nothing in life is worth stress! Instead we should entrust our thoughts, our hopes and our desires to God who is faithful. We are to pray to God, being thankful in all things – and gain the peace that only God can give (Phil. 4:4-9).
Let us work toward giving God our burdens and those things we concern ourselves deeply with. Let us think on heaven – and helping as many others get there as we can. What in this life is more important than building the Kingdom brethren? Nothing – absolutely nothing! By Andy Burns