When Richard or I am under stress, we go to the Word of God, first. We pray in the Spirit. We check our giving and double-up our giving. And then, we do one more thing. We check our hearts.
It’s good to take stock, occasionally, of our “heart.” For the Bible says, your heart will be in those things you value. That means your energy and your effort will be spent working to get those things that mean the most to you.
Are silver and gold what you treasure? Then you will be striving to get more silver and gold… and that’s stress-producing! Is your treasure in houses and lands? Then you will be striving to get more houses and lands… and that’s stress producing! But if your treasure is in Jesus Christ and in your relationship with Him, then you will be seeking only to serve Him. And in that, there is no stress!
Now, you may experience tiredness in your body. But tiredness is not stress. Physical tiredness, as the result of doing the Lord’s work on this earth, is a good feeling. It’s knowing you’ve done what the Lord asked you to do to the best of your ability. Therefore, you can trust Him with the outcome. The outcome of this world ― and even your own life ― isn’t on your shoulders, it’s on HIS! Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Jesus doesn’t intend for us to become stressed as His children. He wants us to be blessed!
Are you under stress today? Take a look at your priorities. Give your heart a checkup. Where is your treasure? What is it you value most?
If it’s anything other than Jesus Christ and your relationship with Him, I encourage you to pray with me right now:
“Lord, be merciful to me. I’ve missed it, Lord, and I’m sorry. My treasure has been in earthly things, but I am refocused now. I put my treasure in You. I ask You to save me, heal me, deliver me, and set me free! Amen!”