Today's devotion about handling distress or "stress" in our life. Merriam-Webster online describes distress as "a pain or suffering in the body", i.e. a troubled mind; a state of danger or desperate need. Many today are living in this state of anxiety due to events that have gone out of control either by an act committed by themselves or someone; or events of life that occur outside of our control. Distress I think is more than just some stress due to an inconvenience. Distress can better be described as a crisis of some sort in your life - a crisis that appears insurmountable, painful, even to the body and especially the mind.
This past weekend I was reading several devotions and I ran into this word and it perfectly described what I was going through in an area of my life. Thankfully, due to the Labor Day holiday on yesterday, I was able to spend some time dealing with my distress over the last few days and I am still, with the Lord, praying through the trouble. There is another wonderful scripture in God's Word that reminds us of what to do besides get "rest" when we are troubled. It's found in James 5:13a, The Holy Scriptures "Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray"(http://biblehub.com/james/5-13.htm). God's Word tells us that the way to deal with any distress, hardship, affliction or trouble is to pray to Him for aid to help us through the trial.
In my own life and in the lives of many persons I meet, I am convinced that the things that are happening in our lives and in our world is beyond the solutions we thought of before to get through trying times. Only God who created the World and Us can help solve the problems of the day; help the human condition to be made whole; save the soul of human life and He will eventually bring the peace in this world that so many people talk about but can't do anything about - Jesus Christ the Son of God, The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords, will bring PEACE to this earth in due time and in due order according to the scriptures, (See Revelations 20:1-6, (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A1-6&version=NIV.).
"Blessed be those who have part in the first resurrection". The way to have part in the first resurrection is to believe on The Lord Jesus Christ as Your Savior; believe that His blood saves and will forgive and cleanse you from sin; believe He has risen from the dead on the third day by God's mighty power. Then you will have eternal life and the peace of this world that only Jesus Christ will bring when He returns with His saints, will be real peace. Until there will never be "peace on earth". Jesus will bring that peace!
Through prayer, we can experience the personal peace of God through Jesus Christ. Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He will bring peace to our troubled minds and hearts - He will show us the victory He has given us in the circumstance, Jesus will calm our fears and comfort our hearts through The Holy Spirit of God who brings the peace, calm and joy we so desperately need.
Pray if you are distressed today. Ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and give you peace and His life. With Christ, we can be relieved of all distress and better yet, have His Peace that "passes all understanding".