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The last few weeks have been full of unprecedented moments. Fear about COVID-19 is everywhere. There’s a lot of turmoil around us. One of the things we are all experiencing right now is stress.
Stress can work for you, or it can work against you. When stress overwhelms and weighs you down, it disables you. When stress leads you to grow, it helps you develop into the person God wants you to be.
This dynamic of stress and its impact on us it’s seen throughout the Bible. In Psalm 31:9 (NLT), we see the effects of distress in our lives, “Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress. Tears blur my eyes. My body and soul are withering away.” Jesus Himself describes the impact of stress in our lives in Mark 4:18, 19 (MSG) “The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.”
Worry, distress, and stress do have an impact upon us. We can choose to let them render us unproductive, or we can choose to grow through them. This week we will focus on a familiar passage of Scripture that describes a very stressful time in the life of the psalmist David. Psalm 23:1. We will learn from David what we need to possess to overcome stress.
God doesn’t expect you to have your life altogether all the time. When you feel stress, there’s always a way to come out if we look in the right direction and do the right things!