Stressed Out!

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Yourdictionary.com defines stressed out as “being anxious, tired and irritable because of too much work or pressure.” Our problem is not that we don’t know what stress and worry is but that we don’t know what to do about it. On more than one occasion, Jesus sat down with his disciples and told them not be anxious and consumed with the things of this world. But Jesus went one step further and instructed his disciples on why they should not worry and grow irritable.

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25-34) Jesus reminds his disciples that when we are feeling stressed out it is because we have taken our eyes off God. We have become consumed and fascinated with the pursuits of this world (food, clothing, and building our resume etc.) rather than with kingdom priorities. In the process, we ignore the reality that in Christ we have a heavenly Father who knows all of our needs. As Jesus sat on a hillside delivering this message, He points to the birds of the air as evidence of God’s providence and care. Jesus drives home the main point of the sermon with a simple and straightforward command. Look and consider what you have just heard and seen.

So whatever has you stressed out this week take a few minutes to look out the window and just stare at the birds. Then remember that you are of greater value than the birds of the air for God chose you, in Christ Jesus, before the foundation of the world. Now don’t you feel much better?