Loving God, please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. I trust Your Love God, and know that You will heal this stress.
When life feels like a pressure cooker, it helps to remember that people in trouble populate the pages of the Bible. The apostle Paul surely knew many of the pressures we face today: illness, relational problems, financial crunches, busy schedules, and job stress. Yet he determined to place his hope in the God he trusted to deliver him. He even learned to praise God in difficult situations
However, Paul also faced out-of-the-ordinary trials that would cause anyone’s stress meter to skyrocket: riots, beatings, storms at sea, a shipwreck, and jail. (How do you feel about your life after reading this list? Mine is looking a lot better.) Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians reports that he was under pressure so far beyond his ability to endure that he wondered if he would even make it.
Can you relate? Maybe you’re wondering how you’ll survive the pressure you’re feeling and get through the trial staring you in the face. Maybe you’ve come to the end of your own strength and abilities. Trials have a way of showing us we cannot rely on ourselves; they leave us with no other choice than to rely on God.
How about turning your gaze to God? Paul focused his attention on the character of God, and he began his letter to the Corinthians with words of praise: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4a).