Are You Stressed Out?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Worry, stress, and anxiety are not unique to the 21st century. The first disciples of Christ wrestled with these same issues. In His sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke candidly about dealing with anxiety and worry. He shared how the Father diligently cares for the needs of the birds and the flowers, which illustrates God’s intimate concern and provision for all of His creation. Therefore, our physical senses bear witness “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

It is right to be concerned about the future and the provision of our basic needs. However, when we become stressed out with these matters it is a reflection of our lack of trust in the giver of every good and perfect gift. So, the next time you start to feel overwhelmed with life or worried about the what tomorrow will bring, stop and watch the birds. They, and all of creation, are dependent upon God for their daily needs. Since you and I have been made in the image of God, chosen in Christ, and have greater value, we can know that God will do exceedingly more for us as we place our trust in Him.