‘Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.’ 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Are you feeling stressed? Is your mind besieged with worries? If so, God wants to relieve your stress. Read the following Scriptures slowly and prayerfully: ‘I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.’ (Psalm 57:1 NIV) ‘You have been a refuge for the poor… for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm.’ (Isaiah 25:4 NIV) ‘I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go… I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ (Genesis 28:15 NIV) ‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ (Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV) ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10 NIV) ‘Even to your old age… I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.’ (Isaiah 46:4 NIV)
So here’s God’s prescription for stress relief:
(1) Believe God truly ‘cares for you’.
(2) Make a conscious decision to ‘cast all your anxiety on Him’.
If you’re on overload, ask God for wisdom to change your schedule. When the problem you’re facing is too big for you to handle, give it to Him—and don’t take it back. Let Him think His thoughts through you, and allow His peace, power and patience to take charge of your mind. Practise doing this at the beginning of each day, and as often as you need to throughout the day. It’s God’s remedy for stress!
SoulFood: 1 Chr 4:24–5:26, Mark 2:13–22, Ps 119:9–16, Prov 20:19–21
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023