Supplication should be our first response to stress,
but our second response is…
Psalm 4:3-4 (NIV)
3 Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
the LORD will hear when I call to him.
4 In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
This is one of the simplest commands God has ever given, and yet the most difficult to keep, is to ” be silent and still.”
The Bible says,
“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).
People have brought a great deal of stress upon themselves, simply not “waiting for the Lord.” Phillips Brooks once put it this way, “The trouble is that I’m in a hurry, but God isn’t” (Nelson’s p.599).It was the same for the Children of Israel in the wilderness. God led them with the spectacular display of a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. Over time, the people grew very impatient. Among other things, God was teaching them to wait on His leadership; to be patient.
We have to allow God to do things in His time, not ours! In many ways we have become an impatient people: we want things our way and we want them now! However, whether we are seeking world peace or inner peace, we must re-learn what it is to “wait upon the Lord.”
When David writes, ” when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent,” he gives a vivid picture of what it means to “be still.” Every Christian ought to take time out for God; set aside a time, maybe in bed before we go to sleep, to mediate on God’s Word and share our hearts with our Lord.
Make an appointment with God every day and don’t break it.
When life becomes stressful, the Lord invites us to practice
And come back tomorrow to finish our series on stress relief.
God Bless You,