The secret to managing stress is trust and faith in divine power.
Have you ever lain on a chiropractor's couch, and at his/her request, made yourself go limp? Or have you found yourself almost slipping into dreamland under the massage therapist's hands? Worry thoughts are laid aside, and you revel in the peaceful moment.
There is a more permanent relaxation you can experience in your life. As mentioned above, it involves trust and faith in divine power. Looking at the marvels of the heavens we must concede there is a master designer. Stars don't run their courses by chance.
Neither does the human body exist by chance. We are marvelously put together. Our heart keeps pumping away only through the life-giving power God gives us. "for in Him we live and move and have our being," (Acts 17:28) The intricate workings of our eyes, the abilities of our hands, the balance of our systems all point us to our God of love.
He gives us precious promises in the Scriptures to inspire surrender without worry to His loving care. In some of the dearest relationships we see on earth, He describes His affection for us. For example, in talking to the people in Jerusalem who were rejecting Him, Jesus said, "How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!"
In Luke 15:11-24 is a story of two sons of a certain man. They worked with their father on the home ranch. Then the younger son decided he didn't want to wait for his inheritance; he wanted it now so he could go out into the city and have fun. Saddened, the father gave him his half of the inheritance that would come to him upon the father's demise, and let him go. The son soon wasted the money on riotous living, and when the money was gone, his supposed friends forsook him, and he was left with the job of feeding swine, he came to his senses and thought of the home he had left. He reasoned that the hired servants of his father fared better than he was; he might as well go home and ask to be one of his father's hired help. So he did. As he trudged down the long lane that led into his father's ranch, who should he see running toward him, but his father, the one he had so rudely treated! Before he could get only half of his prepared speech out, his father embraced him and ordered the servants to get a good robe and sandals and prepare a feast in rejoicing that his son had come home!! God's love is like that father's love for his son. He says in Jeremiah 31:3, "The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.'"
On top of this, the greatest manifestation of love was when God didn't write mankind off when he turned away from Him, the source of life and chose the way of sin and death. Instead, He gave Himself in the person of Jesus to come from the glorious heavenly courts down to this dark old world to die in our place, thus giving us another chance to choose the way of life. He died, rose again, and is now in heaven, preparing to come again soon to our planet, this time to rescue us from evil and take us up to be with Him forever. (John 14:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
For sure, we can trust Him with our lives. Absolutely no one loves us like He does. No one.
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