Stress has an unexpected purpose in our lives, but how do we deal with it biblically and without breaking?
1. Check your weights. Are there pressures, activities, or events that we can remove to lessen stress in our lives? Don’t add more weights to your life than necessary. In some seasons, we need to lessen the load we normally bear. “Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities” are not true for God’s people. Something is either God’s will or it isn’t.
2. Strengthen your board. Tribulation is guaranteed in this world, but you can increase your training, skill, and preparedness to deal with stresses and opportunities when they come along. After many years of victory, sometimes we forget the basics as believers: God’s Word, prayer, and worship.
3. Soak your board. The word “stress” has origins in the 13th century. To shape a wooden board without breaking it, they needed to “stress” the board by soaking it in water or oil. This made it pliable. For the believer, water represents the Word of God, and oil represents the Spirit of God. To make sure stress doesn’t break you, spend time in God’s Word and in the presence of God.