I try to avoid this topic usually. I have heard multiple ways to reduce stress, and I have heard that some stress is good. Who knows when you reach the mark on the gauge that says you have crossed the “good” level and are entering the danger zone? Stressed out, frazzled, overwhelmed…regardless of how you slice it, stress can easily wear down and wear out a child of God.
So what do we do? Try to live in a bubble that protects us from all circumstances that challenge us? Yes. I present to you that the only bubble that stress cannot rupture is the Name of the Lord. I don’t mean to try and walk around and deal with stress in your ability—all the while pretending to trust Him. I mean to genuinely, actually, constantly dwell in the Name of Jesus and allow Him access to what burdens you.
I read a portion of the David and Goliath story yesterday, not realizing that I was soon to be presented with stressful circumstances that were too big for me. In hindsight I see how these familiar verses could reach down into my world and hold me, teaching me how to deal with stress.
Goliath literally means “exile”, and this giant taunted Israel’s army for 40 days. He was too big for anyone to handle, so they shrunk back in fear. Then one who knew his God approached—not in his own strength—in the Name of the Lord. The giant fell. The overwhelming and oppressive enemy fell.
Stress can bring you to a point to where you feel you have been exiled from peace, to where you feel like you have been taken away from what is comfortable. Goliath taunted for 40 days. This number typically represents a time of trial and testing in the Word. Have you been tested by stress, to the point that you really don’t care if you pass—you just want out of it? I encourage you to present yourself ready for battle. Not with your own strength. Not with your own ability. But in the Name of the Lord.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The Name of the Lord is a strong tower…towering over even your biggest giant.
Lord, I come to You with all that stresses me out, and I trust You to help me cast the pebbles of faith. Help me, Lord. Thank You that You hear our cry. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Samuel 17
Matthew 11: 28-30