Is there anyone who doesn’t feel stressed? Hanna-Barbera told us that life would be so much easier in the 2000s when we would live like the Jetsons with robots, home computers, teleconferencing, and movies on our watches.
But, let’s be honest, all of our gadgets have made life busier. Now, we try to wash dishes, watch a movie, and talk on the phone at the same time. All of our multi-tasking has created unparalleled stress.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Stressed
When you are stressed, make sure your priorities are correctly aligned. Focus on Christ, His Word, and His eternal kingdom.
1. Luke 10:41-42
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
2. Mark 4:19
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.
3. Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When you are stressed, tell the Lord of your worries and rely on His peace.
4. Matthew 6:8
your Father knows what you need before you ask him
5. Mark 4:38
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
6. Psalm 94:19
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
7. I Samuel 30:6
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
8. Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
When you are stressed, realize that God is sanctifying you.
9. James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
10. Proverbs 31:25
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.