Psalm 119:143 (NLT) As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.
Another major cause for brokenness in human life is stress. Often in my Ministry endeavors people express their times of struggle saying something like this: “I feel I am on the verge of a breakdown. No one thing seems to be responsible for it, but I just can’t cope. These and other expressions are people experiencing some form of stress. Can the Bible meet this need? I believe God and His Word enough to say that it can. God can take a person overwhelmed by stress and build into their lives insights which will enable them to live above and beyond its paralyzing grip.
What exactly is “stress”? One doctor defines it as “wear and tear on the personality which, if uncorrected, can result in a physical or mental breakdown.” Dr. Thomas H. Holmes measures stress in terms of “units of change ” For example, the death of a loved one measures 100 units, divorce 73 units, pregnancy 40 units, moving or altering a home 25 units, and Christmas 12 units. His conclusion is that no one can handle more than 300 units of stress in a twelve- month period without suffering physically or emotionally during the next two years. Holmes, of course, was speaking from a strictly human point of view, with God “all things are possible”.
To function at peak efficiency, we all need a certain amount of change. However, when changes come too fast for us to cope with, the personality is put under tremendous stress. If today you are experiencing any measure of stress in your life. I believe God with you that you will not only handle the stress productively but you will also understand the purposes of God, in whatever is causing the stress! Have a wonderful weekend….
Prayer: Father God, in the name of Jesus, transform this season of stress in the lives of Your people to teach us in a more increasing way of how to trust You. Our lives are in Your hand and we make a declaration today to not be anxious for nothing, knowing that all things are working together for our God, in Christ name Amen.