Lately there has been a lot going on in my life. Some things have been really awesome, some things have been really stressful, and some things have been downright painful. I have experienced times like this in the past but this season of my life is different and I think it comes down to focus. Not just any focus however, focus on our Lord and Savior.
When your focus is on Christ, He helps to keep everything else in your life manageable. When your focus is on Him, he makes all things clear. Does this mean that you won’t find yourself stressed out at times? No, we are of course human, but the more we rely on Him, the more He will comfort us and give us peace. Then when you find yourself becoming stressed you can remember that He is with you and you can cast your problems upon Him and He will carry your burden for you.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
God wants to provide for our every need. He wants us to trust and rely on Him, and the best part is that we don’t have to DO anything for it. In fact, there’s nothing we CAN do for it. It’s free; it’s His gift to those who trust in Him.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalms 55:22
The biggest problem most of us face is the fact we TRY too hard. There is an old saying, “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me!”. There are even pastors out there teaching that God has pretty much done everything he is going to for us and it’s now up to us to go out and make the best of the life He has created for us. The fact is this is completely unbiblical. God wants us to surrender our lives to Him and allow Him to change our lives from the inside out and the more we trust in Him to direct our paths, the less negatively we are affected by the things of this world when they begin to pile up.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Have you experienced a change in the way everyday life’s stresses effect you because of your own walk with Christ? Please comment below.