What’s Your Stress Level?
Is your peace fighting with your stress? Are you confident in which one is going to take over your life during the Christmas season? In a study conducted by Healthline, a consumer health information site in San Francisco, Calif. 62 percent of the responding people indicated stress levels as ”very or somewhat” during the holidays. And what exactly do stressed-out people do? Well, apparently, they eat dessert. According to researchers at the University of California-Davis, they determined that 80 percent of people report eating more sweets whenÂ stressed. Perhaps it is only natural since ”stressed” spelled backward is ”desserts.” Makes one wonder if that is why we find more of these delectable dishes during the seemingly stressed season between Thanksgiving and New Year.
If you find yourself more stressed during this time of year perhaps you need to realign yourself with confident peace. Does peace in this hectic season sound impossible? There is no impossible with God. As the Angel tells Mary, in Luke 1:37, ”For nothing is impossible with God.” With this in mind, we can say with a confident voice that God can and will grant peace. It is not just a hope for acquisition but a practical condition that He readily provides when the focus is upon Him.
Where is Confident Peace Found?
On that wonderful night, we will soon celebrate, God came down to earth and to us. Because of that we now hold not just peace but confident peace in our hands. This perfect peace is obtainable even in turmoil as we focus our thoughts on Him and His Word. Confident peace is the only way to truly de-stress so that we are stable and steady. It is through His unchanging love and mighty power supporting us that we fully recognize that He is in control.
We no longer must search for peace when we fully realize that everything we need, God always provides. This is the confident peace we can hold, and it is this confident peace that becomes our gift during the noted celebration of the Christmas Season.
Lord, you will grant us peace; all we have accomplished is really from you. Isaiah 26:12 (NLT)
When you realize with a confidence that God takes care of you because He loves you, it changes the way you live. The doubts of life disappear more easily when you realize that He does indeed provide all you need if you simply trust Him to do so. By always placing your focus on Him, your confidence in His promises grows and strengthens your faith along with your endurance.
Confirmed or on Standby?
Bill Hybels explains that this level of confident belief is like passengers waiting at the airport, in his book, Too Busy Not to Pray. He notes that there is a big difference in confirmed ticket holder passengers and those on standby. The ones with confirmed tickets read newspapers, chat with their friends, or sleep. The ones on standby hang around the ticket counter, pace, and appear very anxious. These later stressed out individuals seem far from peace. The difference Hybels explains is the confidence factor. If you knew that in fifteen minutes you would have to stand in judgment before the Holy God and learn your eternal destiny, what would your reaction be? Can you stand with confident peace?
When you always keep your focus on Him, you can stand with that confident peace knowing that He will take care of you. Your place is secure, and you will not be bumped off the passenger list. You know without fail that He loves you so much that He sent His Son to you so that you might be saved. It is this knowledge that allows you to gain ultimate peace.
Challenge yourself, not just during this Christmas season, but in all seasons to remember that God provides exactly what you need. Allow your convictions to trust in Him with full and open confidence. Your motivation comes in knowing that He loves you so much that He gave His only Son to save you. Surround yourself with His comfort of knowing that you can hold confident peace on earth no matter the season. So, celebrate the birth of Christ and have a dessert in His honor not because you’re stressed but in joyous festivity.
Love in Christ,
Christmas is the promise, and Easter is the proof.
Credit Hybels, B. (2008). Too Busy Not to Pray. Downers Grove, IL, USA: IVP Books.
What are your thoughts?
Is the Christmas Season stressing you out? Do you remember that you can hold confident peace with Christ? Share your thoughts on gaining confident peace in the middle of the Christmas chaos.