When We Are At The Breaking Point
If we don’t have any stress in our lives, chances are, we are pretty close to being dead. We all need a certain amount of stress in our lives to accomplish what we have to do. Stress can stimulate energy and effort to get things done. However, it’s also true that too much stress can be bad. In fact, unrequited stress can bring us to the breaking point.
So, what do we do when we find ourselves in that situation? In this blog we are going to look at five suggestions that the Bible offers for dealing with stress.
The first thing the Bible suggests we do is RELEASE our frustrations.
Release — that’s a wonderful word. In Mathew 11:28 Jesus said, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” He was talking about release. Whenever there is stress in our lives, there is always related emotions. Things like anxiety, worry, fear, depression and so on. And many times, when we are under stress, we ignore these emotions. We do that is by pushing them down. That’s swallowing everything up and pretending it’s not there. It’s wearing masks and ignoring pain. There’s a name for that. It’s called stuffing.
Let me ask you a question. Do you think that’s what God would really like you to do? In other words, does God want you to be phony? Does He want you to be a hypocrite? Feeling one way and acting another? I don’t think so.
No, God wants us to be real. He understands we have these emotions. He created us and gave us the ability to feel them. But He wants us to acknowledge them — He wants us to identify them. And THEN He wants us to express them to Him. He wants us to release them, because He knows if we don’t, they will hurt us.
Let’s look at Psalm 62:8.
“O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.”
A refuge is a safe place. God says “Pour out your heart to Me, because I’m safe”. God says, “You don’t have to worry about Me.”
So we can go to God and say, “Lord, here it is! “Here’s how I feel, the good, the bad and the ugly.” “I’m stressed. I’m frustrated. I’m irritated. I’m angry. I’m depressed.” “I’m mad at you.” God says tell me all about it.
Let me tell you something about our feelings. If we don’t deal with them now, we’ll have to deal with them later, because feelings will pile up. If you let them pile them up, they’re will explode. It’s like taking a bottle of coke and shaking it. That’s what stuffing does. God says don’t repress your feelings. Don’t pretend they don’t exist. And don’t rehearse them. That’s hanging on to them until they gets bigger and bigger in our minds. God says, “Talk to me”.
Let me ask you, have you ever been so stressed out that you couldn’t pray? Have you’ve thought, “God’s nowhere to be found”. “He’s not even within fifty miles.” “And I don’t think He cares anyway.” Well, let me tell you, that’s not true. That’s a lie straight out of the pit of hell. God never leaves us. There may be times when you might think so, but He never does. God sees and knows everything that’s going on.
Let’s look at Psalm 31:22.
“In panic I cried out, ‘I am cut off from the Lord’. But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help.”
God is always available. He always hears, and He says release your frustrations to Me anytime, anywhere, anyplace.
OK, that’s the first thing we must do when we feel stressed out to the max. Next week we will talk about a second thing we must do.
Have a good week!