Naturally, life can be stressful, and no matter how we try to manage and contain stressful activities and events, we may still find stress here and there. Due to the prevalence of stress in our society, and the increased risk associated with uncontrolled stress, we find that the world is now over saturated with too many ways to manage stress.
I remember, one of the first times I read the Bible with a keen eye for understanding. I discovered then that the Bible is the combination of all the knowledge in the world, in one book. That’s why in anything I do; I always first seek the wisdom of the Bible. It is from that wisdom that I have generated 4 powerful ways of managing stress.
1. Have Faith
Faith has always been a big word, but for me, it is as simple as it can get, we have to “Trust in God”. Trust that He loves us, trust that He cares for us, trust that He has all the power in the world, trust that He will not let us down, trust that no matter our pain, He wants the best for us, trust His words and trust His promises and we will be all good (Numbers 23:19). The thing is, for us to build our trust in God; we need to have a relationship with Him. And a relationship with Him starts from being born again.
Scripture: God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?–Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)
2. Do not be Covetous
We should refrain from being greedy, and we need not seek what we cannot have, or what we know is not ours to have. We should not do our own will. I once knew someone that gambled and this caused him so much stress. His issue prompted me to seek out the Bible verse that’s says, “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”. – 1 Timothy 6:9-10 (NKJV). What this verse signifies is that the desire to have it at all cost and fast, can cause us stress and like the Bible rightly puts it “pierced themselves through with many sorrows” that is many griefs.
3. Leave it There
What are our pains?, what troubles us?, what keeps you up at night?, what causes us so much work and less result?, what gives us unnecessary worries?, what takes away our joy?, what causes us so much heartache?, whatever they may be, combine them all together and tag the combination “cares” that is all the cares and worries of life. Then we can do as the Bible says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”–Psalm 55:22 (NIV). And as we do this, we should remember the word of God that says “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” –Matthew 7:8 (NIV).
4. Try Patience
As we have faith, as we avoid greed and as we cast all our cares to God, with patience in all these without being in a hurry. God will honor the patient; we have seen this in the life of Job and Abraham. Their legendary patience won them unlimited favor and eternal glory.
Basically, our stress can be reduced drastically by doing Gods will and not ours (Matthew 11:27-30).
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