What Can Stress Accomplish?

Stress, Trust |

Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)  31 “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Stress is costly. The American Psychological Association (APA) reported in 2016 that stress is the precursor of many chronic conditions such as depression and cardiovascular disease and it makes existing illnesses worse. Seventy-five percent of healthcare costs are associated with chronic illnesses. However, the even worse part of this information is that a significant number of Americans do not believe that stress has anything to do with their conditions. In this case ignorance is not bliss.

Although the number of people affected by stress seems to be declining, it is still affecting millions of Americans. Psychologists have even noticed that the types of people affected is changing. Now the millennials, age 18-32, Americans who live in the Eastern part of the US, and caregivers (APA 2016) have joined the “rat race” called stress. The unstable economy and a decrease in vigorous exercise have created a nation of inactive worriers, if there is such a word, and the stress is making them sick.

How can we change this tide of debilitating stress? Many people exercise, eat healthier, or find time to refocus through yoga, meditation, or prayer. In Luke 12, verse 22-23 (NLT), Jesus teaches the people not to worry about everyday life because life is more than food and your body…more than clothing. He then asks the question in verses 25 and 26, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” The same question is applicable today in different words–What can stress accomplish? Nothing that is good for you. So, how should believers handle it?

Rest in the fact that your heavenly Father already knows your needs, as stated in verse 30 of Luke 12. He will provide, He will take care of you, He is your Source. For the believer, your job is to seek the Kingdom of God above everything else and God will supply your needs. This is said in the Gospels and in Philippians 4:19. He WILL supply all of your needs through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Trust and believe in that truth.

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