There are many things in this life that are beyond our control. In fact, there are more things outside of our control than there are within our control. The uncertainties of this life are many times the source of stress, fear and depression for millions of people. We worry about things we cannot change. We are afraid of the worst case scenario coming to pass. We carry stress from our jobs, our finances, our relationship, our families and even our churches.
We can be overwhelmed with fear, stress and anxiety when we feel that the solutions to our problems are dependent upon solutions that we can provide (or are unable to provide). If we attempt to live our lives through our own strength and ability we find that there are many cases where our strength or ability is not enough. We are limited: limited in resources, limited in ability, limited in influence, limited in knowledge and limited in experience. We are incomplete without Christ in our lives. It is through Christ that we experience grace. We do not depend upon our own strength for salvation; we place our faith in Christ. As we live this life we are to live by faith. When we live by faith we find that the same power that Christ’s grace provides us for salvation is available in all areas of our lives.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT)
One of the most exciting aspects of our relationship with Christ is that we are not alone. It is no longer you or me against the odds or against the world, it is now “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). One of God’s greatest promises is that He is with us.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NLT)
Stop struggling in your mind and in your heart concerning your problems. Turn to Jesus with your problems. Stand upon the promises of His Word and begin to praise Him now for His faithfulness to His Word.
The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17 NLT)
The Bible never promises a life without struggle. The Bible promises that God will be with us in the midst of our struggles and lead us through to victory. Our greatest challenge is to continue to turn towards God for every answer in our life. Our stress and fear begin to multiply when we see ourselves or others as our source or solution. We have entered into the New Covenant with Jesus Christ; it is Jesus who is always our source and always our solution.
God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:3 NLT)
I had to surrender my fears, worries and doubts to Jesus again over this last weekend. Circumstances facing my life caused me to begin to worry and panic. I began looking inward, realizing my inability to overcome the situation I was facing. There was no way that I had the solution to fix the problem and it was seriously stressing me out. That is when the Word of God rebuked and reminded me that we are not alone in this life. We have a Father in heaven, which sent His Son to redeem us by dying upon a cross for our sins; giving us grace that overwhelms all of our faults, failures and shortcomings. We have placed our faith and dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and as a result He has filled us with the Holy Spirit and declared us to be the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16). If God in His awesome love has secured our redemption at the price of His own crucifixion surely His love is deep enough to involve Himself in every aspect of our lives.
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. (1 John 4:16-18 NLT)
We get overwhelmed with stress and fear when we cannot see a solution to the situation we are facing. If we give in to that fear without surrendering it to Jesus we are discounting the love that God has for each of us. God loves us so much that He is concerned about the situations we face. He wants us to bring our problems to Him.
You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern. (1 Peter 5:7 Phillips)
Does this mean that all human responsibility goes out the window because grace is involved? Absolutely not! We are still required to work, to pray, to love, to live righteously and to be good stewards of all that God has given us. Our covenant with God provides grace for our lives; giving us access to the super-sufficiency of God Himself. We can depend upon the Lord for every area of our lives.
I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles. (Psalm 34:4-6 NLT)
If you are facing stress, fear and trouble I encourage you to cry out to Jesus. He is ready, willing and able to meet you at the point of your need. We serve a prayer answering God who loves us with an everlasting love.
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:23 NLT)