Stress-Free Living

As summer comes to an end, and the school year pressures and responsibilities begin to rise — many in our church body begin to succumb to the temptation of stress and anxiety. But not only do our high-school and college students face this inevitable time of stress and pressure…It is an amazing and ironic truth that while ours is perhaps the most affluent, indulged, and comfortable society ever, it is also the most stressed out, worried, and anxiety-ridden one.

The best the world can hope for in superficially dealing with anxiety is to manage it and mask its impact. The Lord Jesus Christ, however, offers a radically different solution to anxiety—He promises to eliminate it. One author succinctly put it: “worry shifts the focus of attention from the all-sufficient power of Christ to your human insufficiency and insecurity.

Ultimately, worry stems from two thought patterns: ignorance and unbelief and the key to victory is pinpointing which source your anxiety is coming from. In Luke 12:22 Jesus said “unto his disciples…Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. School projects may loom, your job situation may look like doom, however, the gospel gives no room for you to live stressed and anxious. For the remainder of the passage, Jesus gives six truths about God that if misunderstood will produce worry.

1) Worry Fails to Understand Eternal Priorities (vs 22-23)
Take no thought…the life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.”

2) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Provision (vs 24)
“Consider the ravens: God feeds them, are you much better than the fowls”

3) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Ultimate Control (vs 25-26)
“Can you add one cubit to your stature?”

4) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Divine Love (vs 27-29)
“Consider the lilies how they grow. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

5) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Divine Care (vs 30-31)
“your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.”

6) Worry Fails to Understand God’s Eternal Provision (vs 32-34)
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere. Church, life comes from God and the fullness of life from Jesus Christ. Jesus offers his followers the radical elimination of all anxiety and worry. Our insufficiency and insecurity cannot match the sovereign love and care that comes from the Good Shepherd. You can live confidently in His tender care for you!

Pastor Jordan