All of us face different pressures (some great and some small) all throughout our lives. Sometimes it is a result of relationships or the result of a job (or lack thereof). Sometimes it is a result of family and sometimes it is the result of just living life.
Pressure is an inevitable part of life.
The question is: How do we find rest during times of pressure?
4 ways to find rest during times of pressure
1. Remain in God.
Our natural inclination is to freak out or to try to run away from our pressures but we must remain connected to the Living God. Jesus said that we can nothing apart from Him (John 15:5). We must remain in Him. We need to lay our pressures and stresses before the feet of God. God promises that if we remain in Him He will give us the strength to persevere (Isaiah 40:31).
2. Acknowledge reality.
A lot of times we try to deny our reality in times of pressure but we need to acknowledge it. Many people in the Bible acknowledged reality (i.e. Job, David, Moses, Jesus). They didn’t pretend that their situation was better than it actually was. They accepted the reality of their situation. We need to allow ourselves to feel the full reality of our situation. Sometimes it is not a pretty picture but we need to accept it and bring it to God.
3. Seek wise counsel.
To make right decisions we need to invite others into the process. Most people would not be in the mess that they are in if they had got wise counsel. We need that outside perspective. Most of the time we choose people who will tell us what we want to hear but we have to find people who are further down the road than us to lead us and guide us. We need to find people who will speak the truth in love to us.
4. Wait for God’s deliverance.
This is a tough one. If you are anything like me, you hate waiting! We are not a patient people. We want the pressure to be gone NOW! We need to trust that God will deliver us in HIS timing! Sometimes, actually most times, deliverance doesn’t happen overnight. It happens a little bit at a time. We have to remember that waiting is not doing nothing; it is allowing our soul to grow up. Waiting is the foundation of the Christian life. God is waiting for us to wait on Him!
How do you find rest during times of pressure? What pressures/stresses do you need to give over to God right now?
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength …” Isaiah 30:15