When it comes to stress, I am usually immune to worry. After being broke a few times in life, God has always provided in my time of need. Food, shelter and work have come to me in a variety of ways. However, 2019 has been one of the more trying years of my life occupationally speaking. Budget cuts, changing roles and the unknown has consumed me with stress, dragging me to my knees.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad, Proverbs 12:25.
King Solomon writes a letter to impart wisdom to his children. As a man who married 700 woman and fathered children with an addition 300 concubines, Solomon understood the stress that parents face. The more you focus on your numerous responsibilities, anxiety can weigh on your heart. One of the ways Solomon urges people to overcome stress is by focusing on the positive, savoring encouraging words.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved, Psalm 55:22.
When this advice doesn’t work, the Psalmist provides a more practical resolution. This reflective poem written by David urges stress filled individuals to cast burdens upon the Lord. During his earthly ministry, Jesus turned to a crowd, calling the stressed out to come to me and I will give you rest, Matthew 11:28-30. Therefore, whenever you can’t control, endure or handle the stress of a current situation, fall to your knees and lighten your burdens through prayer.
by Jay Mankus