Feelings of stress are caused by the body’s instinct to defend itself. This instinct is good in emergencies, such as getting out of the way of a speeding car. But stress can cause unhealthy physical symptoms if it goes on for too long, such as in response to life’s daily challenges and changes. Dr. Joel Elkes said, “Our mode of life – the way we live – is emerging as today’s main cause of illness.” The American Academy of Family Physicians says that two-thirds of all visits to doctors are stress related, and that stress is now known as the major contributor to heart disease, cancer, accidental injuries, and suicide.
People attend stress management seminars and devour books on stress. Sometimes, they find that just focusing on it makes them more stressful and anxious. But let’s face it: stress and pressure are part of life.
Even Jesus promises that we will all face it. He said, “In this world you will find trouble.” Tribulations and troubles bring stress and pressure. He also said, “…but take heart. I have overcome the world.” Jesus does not promise us freedom from pressure, but He does promise us peace amidst the stress. Inner peace is a by-product of knowing Jesus. The good new is, it’s available to all who trust him.
Yes, pressure is part of life, but Jesus gives us peace amidst the pressure.