UCB Word For You 6th February 2022 | Feeling stressed (1)
UCB Word For You Sunday 6 February 2022 | Feeling stressed (1)
Welcome to UCB Word For You Sunday 6 February 2022 as you study God’s word remain bless in Jesus name amen. Please share with others.
Topic: Feeling stressed (1)
Scripture: ‘Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you.’ –Psalm 55:22 NIV
When we’re stressed, the surge of negative emotions we feel can be overwhelming. It’s easy to make wrong decisions, submit to wrong impulses, move in the wrong direction, and explode at people when we feel like that. If stress and anxiety are overwhelming us, it’s important that we take care of ourselves by asking a doctor or counsellor for help. But alongside that, the psalmist teaches one of the best ways to help us get those stressful feelings under control: ‘Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.’ We need to unburden our souls to God.
It’s no coincidence that a lot of the psalms start with David crying out to God for help and end with him rejoicing because he vented his frustrations to the right person – God! Life isn’t only about what happens to us; it’s also about how we respond. We’ll never be totally free from angst, but we can find comfort by following this advice from Paul: ‘All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
We have plenty of hard times…but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort – we get a full measure of that, too’ (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 MSG). Pastor Rick Warren put it this way: ‘The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry.’
Use Rick Warren’s quote as inspiration for your own action plan: whenever you think to yourself, ‘I’m panicky and worried,’ say out loud, ‘I’m going to pray and worship God’ – and then do it!
Bible Reading: Luke 2:25-52, Psalms 16-17