Bible Verses

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –  Philippians 4:6
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” – Psalm 94:19
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” – Luke 12:25

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

The medical community has provided significant information regarding preparing for stress.  Their suggestions include at least seven hours of sleep at night, exercising regularly, meditation, and staying socially connected.  However, living with stress while you are experiencing it is much more challenging.  Sometimes you can face challenges that seem overwhelming.  Once you face situations that appear to be out of your control, you begin to lose your ability to think clearly, and you are not able to work towards improving your situation.   Sometimes lack of sleep, headaches, and a loss of focus follow.  The stronger the stress becomes, the more difficult it is for you to function.

Regardless of how difficult or frightening your situation becomes, it is critical to have faith that God will be there for you.  It is important to realize things are not as bad as they seem and that you do have the ability to trust God and understand that you need to accept your challenges and trust that God will be there for you.  That does not mean that you can sit back and let things happen to you.  You must try to address the situation causing the stress.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Greg working

Greg owns a small business that provides cooking equipment and support to restaurants.  His business helps restaurants maintain all the equipment so the restaurants can continue to operate without affecting business.  He sells and maintains the equipment in the kitchens. 

Greg learned about a new kitchen support service that could be a tremendous boost to his business.  He called a representative from the company that provided the service.  The representative explained how the service worked and stated that Greg could support twice as many customers as he supports now for one-third of the cost.  Greg was very excited.   Greg asked the representative what he had to do to get started.  The representative told him there was a $200,000 investment for the initial equipment which included the training.

Greg thought about the opportunity.  He did not have $200,000, but he did have a good relationship with his bank.  He asked the bank about a loan.  He was told that he did have enough assets and that the loan could be completed within ten days.

Greg signed a contract with the services company and provided the services company with $200,000.   The services company gave him a receipt and told him he would receive his equipment in seven days.

Ten days later, Greg had not heard from the company.  He tried calling the phone number on the business card he was given but the number did not work.  He then went to the address on their brochure and the company was not there.  He realized the entire process was a scam. 

Greg was so shocked.  He paid all that money and now he did not have anything to show for the money spent.  He reported the incident to the police, but the people who scammed him left no trace.

Greg was so depressed.  He was not able to sleep, and he had trouble focusing on his customers.  The stress became stronger as a few days passed.  He could not focus which made it very difficult for him to run his business.

 His wife became very worried about him.  She called her pastor and asked the Pastor to meet with Greg.  Greg explained the situation to the Pastor.  The Pastor listened and then said that he must control the stress before he can address his challenge.  He must first relax and then trust God to be here for him.  Then he needed to create a plan to address the tragic situation.  First, he needed to make sure he was supporting his business, so he did not lose more money.  Then he needed to go to the bank and work out a payment plan that would give him more time to repay the bank loan.

Then he needed to understand that many people face more severe challenges.  Some people discover that they have a life-threatening illness, or a close relative die or people in some countries are attacked.  He needed to accept that although his situation was challenging, it was not life-threatening, and he must have the discipline to trust God and work through the challenge.

Greg met with the Bank and worked out a payment plan.  The police continued to try to find and prosecute the people who scammed Greg.  Greg was able to sleep at night and after two days he was able to focus clearly on his work challenges.  He learned that being stressed and worrying just made things worse.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

We all have challenges in our lives.  Some of them seem so severe, but we must have Faith in God and do the best we can to address the challenges.  That does not mean that we do not have to work to improve our situation, but we can relieve the stress. 

It is important to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, meditate, and stay socially connected to avoid becoming stressed.  However, somethings situations can occur that are beyond our control, and we must trust in God and work to make things better.  It is important that we do our part.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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