“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:18
Stress is something that is very common today. Whether it’s making a big decision, trying to manage money, or just going through a busy time in life, stress seems to always find a way to creep in. It may may seem innocent and normal at first. It may even seem like it’s just a part of life. But, the truth is, stress is very dangerous.
In the Webster Dictionary, stress is defined as “difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension.” Stress is something that causes worry. And worry is a lack of trust in God. In John 14:27b Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus is not just casually suggesting that we don’t worry; He is commanding us to not worry. So really, as Christians, stress should be the exact opposite of normal and innocent.
But how are we supposed to not stress when there is so much to stress about? This is the question I asked God during a time in life when stress seemed relentless. You might be asking it too. God showed me the answer to it in the chorus of an old hymn:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”
When we turn our eyes to Jesus and remember why we are really here on earth, all the big decisions, money problems, or busy times suddenly become small compared to Jesus. God never intended for us to be in charge of our own lives. What He does want is for us to let go and trust that He has everything under control. Now, of course this doesn’t mean that we just sit back and do nothing. What it does mean is that we don’t let stress and worry crowd our minds. It means that we trust in God. And the best way to do that is to turn our eyes to Jesus and look at Him rather than the things of the world. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Don’t stress about things that will only last for a short time. Instead, set your eyes on the heavenly things that will never fade away.
Life is like an ocean. If we take our eyes off Jesus, the waves of stress and worry will begin to pull us under. But, when we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, He will help us walk on water above the waves of stress. The world will say it’s impossible to live without stress and worry. But we serve a God that turns impossible into possible. And as long as our eyes are fixed on Him, we will not sink.